I have a vision! A clear idea of exactly what I want the new shop to look like! And with that comes a few very specific pieces that I need for display. Between barnwood walls, salvaging wood, and designing tees… I manage to squeeze in a little junk hunting here and there. Last week, I spotted an ad on Craigslist for an industrial rolling ladder. Exactly what I needed!! And it was rusty!!!
I knew as soon as we arrived that this was going to be a good stop!! We drove out into the country and were greeted by the kindest man… working out in a field. He knew exactly what we were coming for… he hopped on his tractor and said, follow me!
The ladder was about ten feet tall. And, well, that won’t fit in the shop! We had decided that we would remove the handles and that would give us the eight foot ladder that we needed. But we knew it would be a job!! We had intentions of loading the ladder up and taking her to the shop to do the work, but the kind man insisted that we stay there to be sure we could get it off before we bought it. He brought us a bunch of tools and this magic can…
I had never seen such a thing. Where have I been?? With all the rust we work with, you can bet this will be added to our tool bag for sure!!! It loosened the rusty screws enough that we were able to remove almost all of them. But with a couple stripped out, we weren’t sure what we would do. Ruh. Roh.
That’s when the kind man came to check on us, his tractor coming down the dirt path. He took a look and decided to tie the ladder to his tractor, carry it up to his workshop, and cut off the remaining screws. He didn’t have to do that! He had already given us a deal on the ladder. But he did! A kind man, indeed!! And wouldn’t you know, the ladder had some actual ‘Rusted Roots’… you see those little flowers??
Once we had the handles off and the ladder loaded up, the man asked if we’d like to take a look around. He had lots of stuff for sale. He offered to give us a tour! He lead us to a field of rusty old cars, and down a path to a couple of buildings, not quite barns, but kinda like barns. They had been used by a man that had recently passed away and they were trying to get rid of a lot of things. There wasn’t much left, but I did snag a few fun things!!
Some of it, I’m not quite sure what it is… like that rusty handle-thing. Is it from a lawn mower?? I don’t know. But I new I could make something from it!! We plan to make some tables from the turquoise oil drum!! I actually went back the next day and got the other three that he had! I couldn’t get over that color!! I snagged a couple of rusty tool boxes…
this GIANT wrench… isn’t it quirky?!!
And an old gas can… this one is lamp bound!!
It was such a fun stop!! This is how you find those ‘secret’ spots!! Sometimes you just luck up!! People really can be kind! With our truck loaded up, we hit the road for the shop, and wouldn’t you know, we’d pass this beauty…
One word. So simple. Creating beauty from Rusted Roots.