Yard Art

Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland – Calvert City, KY

Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland – Calvert City, KY

Down in southwestern Kentucky, Calvert City (near Paducah) there’s a little back road (actually US Highway 68) that takes you to a place called Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland. It is not necessarily what you would think of as…

#TBT – Yard Art, Swans and Mennonites in Southern Ontario

#TBT – Yard Art, Swans and Mennonites in Southern Ontario

(Note: I was working at the Toyota Plant in Woodstock, Ontario as a Japanese interpreter at the time I wrote this post in 2008) March 26, 2008: It was a beautiful day and I got off work at 4:00 and…

A Grizzly Experience: Grizz Works in Maple, WI

A Grizzly Experience: Grizz Works in Maple, WI

During my trip on US Route 2 across Wisconsin, I came across a unique place called Grizz Works in the small town of Maple, Wisconsin. It amounted to a roadside stop with a whole bunch of big, realistic looking chainsaw…

Larry Vennard’s Iron Sculpture Park in Centralia, Missouri

Larry Vennard’s Iron Sculpture Park in Centralia, Missouri

In September I was traveling back home and on the way had the opportunity to stop at a small farm north of Centralia, Missouri on Highway T to visit scrap metal artist Larry Vennard, see his “Original Highway ‘T’ Rex”…

Yard Art: Creativity with Scrap Metal, Chain Saw Art and “stuff” collections

Yard Art: Creativity with Scrap Metal, Chain Saw Art and “stuff” collections

As I travel the backroads of America and Canada I always run across all sorts of what some call “Yard Art”.  Others call it folk art, offbeat art, quirky things, etc.  Well, there is the whimsical and fun, there is…

Sumoflam Flashback – Adventures in Southwestern Ontario: Oxford County

Sumoflam Flashback – Adventures in Southwestern Ontario: Oxford County

In 2008 I spent about nine months working as a Japanese interpreter in Woodstock, Ontario at the new Toyota Plant that was being built there at the time.  Over the course of that nine months I had many opportunities to…