1988 - Volume #12, Issue #1, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Custom Roofing Company Puts Artwork On BarnsAn Indiana roofing contractor doesn't charge any extra to farm customers for putting customized artwork on barns when reroofing.
Tom Rentschler, who works for the Sherriff-Goslin Co., got into "barn art" a couple years ago when a customer asked if he could put the design of a trotting horse on his barn roof.
"I didn't have any artistic experience or ability so it took me a while to figure it out," says Rentschler, who plots each design shingle by shingle on paper before starting the job. Since his first horse design, he's done cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and ears of corn. Often, he says, people just want the family or farm name on the roof but others only want artwork because the name would have to be changed if they sold the farm.
Rentschler spends as many as 30 hrs. working out each design once the farmer tells him what he wants. He works from breed magazines but notes that each design varies depending on the size and shape of the roof. He put four farm animals on one round barn roof, for example.
The Sherriff-Goslin Company has branch offices in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan. The company uses an interlocking shingle that comes in various shades of green, brown, red and grey. Rentschler farmed for 15 years before he went to work full-time with the roofing company.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tom Rentschler, Sherriff-Goslin Co., Rt. 1, Box 116, Rochester, Ind. 46975 (ph 219 857-4145).
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