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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Aug 8, 2012 9:58 AM CST
We were in Wimberley, TX this past weekend and I saw these "animals" as we were walking back to the car. I thought of the garden art group hunkered down for a long winter with nothing to do. Start gathering tin, weathered wood, tin snips and some ge-gaws for eyes!
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Shannon
Aug 8, 2012 10:40 AM CST
Real Cute...They will look Great in a garden
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Bubbles
Aug 8, 2012 11:34 AM CST
I thought so too!
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vic
Aug 8, 2012 12:58 PM CST

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Very cool Sandi Hurray! Hurray!

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Bubbles
Aug 8, 2012 1:23 PM CST
I have a few more. They were too cute not to share!

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goldfinch4
Aug 9, 2012 12:27 AM CST
Those are pretty cool! I bet they're a lot more work than one would think. Were they for sale or someone's personal collection?
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Bubbles
Aug 9, 2012 7:35 AM CST
Some were for sale up on the Square, but there was an entire garden of them in a courtyard on the way to the city's parking lot. I don't think those were for sale. Looked like they were created by the same artist. Possibly, the city had purchased those.
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Sossman
Aug 10, 2012 7:11 AM CST
Here is my metal yard art. I picked him up at a flea market from a "Snowbird" who made them during the winter then brought them down here to sell. I'll have to look for him again in a few months. :)

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Aug 10, 2012 7:35 AM CST

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Oh I love that Hurray! Thumbs up
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Aug 10, 2012 9:14 AM CST
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Aug 10, 2012 11:00 AM CST
Very cute!
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Sharon
Aug 16, 2012 10:25 PM CST
Cool Sandy!! Do you know if there was a framework to start? A sort of skeleton? I'd think they'd have to have some support, especially the larger or taller ones.
Thanks! Inspiring.
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Bubbles
Aug 17, 2012 8:23 AM CST
Not sure about framework, but I'm going back this week on a nursery run. I'll take a better look. I would think that they were "formed" on some kind of metal (?) pipe, then slipped off to add the legs. They seem to be a little light weight.

I just thought of them as "inspiration," since most of us don't have a welding set-up. I'd be snipping, gluing, and hammering onto a piece of dried mesquite wood!
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Sharon
Aug 17, 2012 8:38 AM CST
Me too about the snipping, gluing and hammering.
Don't have dried mesquite.

But I was thinking that using one of those wooden sawhorses as a base, then adding a neck, etc., might work for a big animal.
If I had a sawhorse.
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Bubbles
Aug 17, 2012 9:14 AM CST
You can make a sawhorse, just Google it!
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Sharon
Aug 17, 2012 9:21 AM CST
Yeah. Sure I can.
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vic
Aug 17, 2012 9:27 AM CST

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Whenever Hank would hire a carpenter, the first thing he asked him (he never had any women apply Shrug! - to do was build a set of sawhorses.

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GordonHawk
Aug 19, 2012 9:48 AM CST
Lovely pieces there Sandi... the armadillo is a natural fo that construction... I'd be suprised if there was a formwork inside... the joined pannels are a natural exoskeleton..
Vic... there used to be a first task test you'd hear being given... when showing up for work.. for inside carpentery it was build a saw horse... you could tell in 10 minutes what you could ask of them to do..and they wouldn't have messed up anything you were interested in making.. and it was always useful throughout the day.. as a cutting table or lift... for framing carpentery.. it was hay .. bring that box of nails up to me .. which would require them to bring it up walking along a joist like a tight rope walker.. if they couldn't bring them selves to do it.. were unstable.. or sat down and scooted them selves across to you .. you knew they were to be of limited value.. it was also the origional drug test for shape up / or new workers... not so much if they were or got high... but at the start of work could they still do it...
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Aug 19, 2012 3:37 PM CST

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Love them all, Sandi! Lovey dubby
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Bubbles
Aug 22, 2012 9:31 AM CST
Thanks Becky!
We went back to Wimberley, Monday. The first two pics are just because I liked 'em! I grew up believing Jack rabbits really had horns because my dad had pointed them out in a gift shop in Mexico (and he wouldn't try to trick a 5 yr old, would he?).
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These show that most all the figures had wooden bases of some kind.
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