My son, Ray, likes to keep busy. His room is a sculpture studio and a nightmare for those that like to keep a meticulous household. But we encourage creativity above all in our household, so he is free to create to his heart’s content. A couple of years ago he began to take computers and other electronic and mechanical appliances apart and use the parts along with wood to make his sculptures. His room has slowly been filling up to the point he doesn’t have the space to work on his projects, so one morning early this summer this is what I woke up to:
He routinely stays up much later than us, so I suspect this kind of thing happens more often than I know- he was just too tired on this one night to put everything back in his room before going to bed.
I’d like to post some pics of his wooden pieces, but at the moment his entire bedroom is empty and awaiting renovation (also all his doing; like I said, he likes to keep busy…). He’s been boxing up all the mechanical parts and miscellaneous pieces of precious junk and storing them in the garage for safe keeping. His furniture and the rest of his room now fills our hallways. He’s ripped up the carpet, stripped the wallpaper and is now in the process of spackling to prep for the painting. So things are a bit cluttered for photos of artwork in our house right now…
However, he and his dad took a sculptural welding class this summer at the Johnson County Community College and I can share pics of that with you here instead.
First a little background: We live in the country on the edge of prairie in a fairly new (less than 30 year old) development with gravel roads. We walk a lot here and over the almost 20 years we’ve lived here, we’ve had a habit of picking up metal we find in the road. Lots of railroad ties and whatnot:
Ray gathered what he wanted to make his sculpture and then took a picture of it to recreate during the class. To make a 3 week story much shorter, more pics:
I may be biased, but I think the kid’s got talent…
the finished project: (his dad did help with the welding)