Friday, March 25, 2011

The Scrap Pile! ( Photo Friday)

The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon,
or perchance, a palace or temple on the earth,
and, at length,
the middle-aged man to build a woodshed with them.”
                                    Henry David Thoreau

 No nuts and bolts about it, this is a very important part of our farm.

Be it for the part you need to repair something, or finding just the right metal to build that something you need.

It has endless possibilities, limited only by your imagination. A welder, and a pipe saw are all that is needed to create a work of art or a valuable tool.

My Hero can turn the most unassuming piece of metal into a thing of beauty. He painstakingly cuts, and pieces together these bits of metal into what he needs.

Over the years we have sold some of our scrap pile, it has gotten us through some of the lean years on the farm.

I love our scrap pile; it always holds surprises for me. I may find the thing I have been looking for and not even known it.

Sometimes it is just a place to come and enjoy the beauty and the thoughts of those endless possibilities.

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  1. You know, it scares me how much we think alike. I love photo's like this, and while we were visiting the Oregon Coast, we often stop at a place called camp 18. It's a restaraunt with logging history. Old tools, tractors, things I don't even know what they are, but I took some photos to share, haven't posted yet, but we think alike!
    Nice photos!

  2. Your pictures are truly beautiful. I didn't think anything could make me appreciate frost (I am so ready for spring you see) but you did!

  3. Buttons the scrap pile photos are cool, literally, with the the frost on them! Interesting post and I enjoyed the story on the scrap pile and how it is the nuts and bolts of a farm!

  4. Oh! Oh! I thought for a minute you were behind Petals shed!! He only saves every bit of metal he comes across and some of it has come in very useful too. If it has anything to do with metal-he's the man. Now if you're talking about timber....forget it! Maa.

  5. You have such a good eye -- love these frosty shots. :)

  6. I love the beauty in the simple things. Thanks for capturing them so well!

  7. You make it look more glamorous than those I have seen, and yet each pile holds its own mystery and potential.

    Of course my family thinks I have many "scrap" (aka crap) piles.

  8. Most excellent photos! I love how time and weather can form even the mundane into art just ready to be appreciated by the more knowing.

  9. I love your little frosty scrap pile pics. Yup, every great farm has it's pile ya can mold, weld and repair with. You just made it into beautiful art!!!

    God bless ya and have yourself a fantastic Friday!!!

  10. Great post , we have a scrap pile also since hubby's a welder too. I love watching him work his magic , he's made some amazing things over the years. Love your shots of the frosty scraps.

    ~ Farm Friend Blessings ~

  11. What a fun post! I admit that I have found and repurposed a lot of items on my farm, too. Your pictures are great!

  12. i love the frosty metal!!

    have a great weekend~

  13. Oh WOW! It is soo funny to see how creative some people are with the camera! I love the simplicity of these pictures and yes we have them everywhere here at the farm!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. Dear B* these you have taken these pictures very artistic way and thanks for shearing your unique art work with us..

  15. You and I could have a field day on our old farm. Piles of rubble everywhere! Your shots are all so interesting, great job!

  16. Wonderful post...reality that you've put to words and photos so very well.

    Thank you for your visit.

  17. I love your photography eye. It sees angles and shadows and all things good :)


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