The Vineyard Gate

IMG_1000.JPGI am currently working on a driveway gate for a vineyard in Eastern WA. The gate is heavy metal and is constructed from 98% of found objects. The owners wanted something simple that would keep people from driving down the driveway when they were not home.  I wanted to create something that would be functional but also wanted something that looked pleasant yet not take away from the natural beauty of the property.
One evening while sitting on the front porch with the home owners the wife made a comment on how we should see the sunset and the moon rise at the same time. Later that night I got up out of bed and drew the design. This is my first gate and my first consigned project.

I am thankful to Becky and Charles for trusting me and for giving me the opportunity to  create this fun and challenging project. 

Special thanks to  Green River  Community College  for the  use of the school as my work shop and to  Brad Isley for taking my simple  sketch and  designing the  parts to make it all work.

Junk Yard Art

IMG_2079.JPGAs a daughter of an mechanic when my dad passed I was inspired to take a stack of junk and weld it together to make a monument in his honor. It was the first time I had picked up a torch in over 35 years. This was the beginning of my new found passion and Junk yard art was born.


IMG_2176.JPGEvery since I can remember I have  found uses for things that most people throw out. From baby food jars, tin cans, dryer lint, to broken dishes. The list goes on.

IMG_2175.JPG About 15 years ago I started making  bio-degradable paper greeting cards that  once read could be planted. The seeds embedded into the paper would them sprout into flowers.  Using  paper scraps  I started making  small collages and framing them. I made about 35 different collages, all but 2 where sold.

Then a few years years ago I bought a swim suit at Costco and the store didn’t want to keep the plastic body figure so I went home and made a collage. I joked about it being one of my many personalities. As of today, I have made over 132 personalities for people around the world!