«Previous    Next»
He Made His Own “Deer Barn Art”
Bud Vogelzang enjoys deer hunting and is proud of his collection of deer antlers. But the 84-year-old farmer is even prouder of the “barn quilt” he made, which shows the head and shoulders of a big 12-point buck.
The 4 by 8-ft. barn quilt is located about 25 ft. off the ground at one end of his 44 by 36-ft. barn, which is 30 ft. high at the peak. He made the painting on a plywood sheet that’s screwed onto the barn’s tin siding.
“I made the painting about 1 1/2 years ago after I resided the barn. I’m really proud of it,” says Vogelzang, who still hunts deer. “I painted the plywood white and then painted the deer over it, using a tapestry of a whole deer I already had as a guide. I traced the head of the deer, and then transferred the drawing proportionately onto the plywood.”
To install the quilt he bolted a homemade metal anchor high on the barn, then used a pair of rope block fence tighteners to raise the quilt.
Vogelzang resided the barn by himself. “The barn was in good shape but the pine siding needed painting. Instead of painting it, I bought used 3-ft. wide tin sheets at a consignment sale for about one third the price of new. Some of the sheets are up to 27 ft. long. I screwed the tin on over the wood using pre-drilled holes in the tin.”
He also used plywood to build a rolling door so he could park his car inside the barn.
“I’m still driving at 84 years old. My mother drove her car until she was 97, so I’m hopeful,” says Vogelzang.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bud Vogelzang, 13 1/2 3rd Ave. S.W., Sioux Center, Iowa 51250 (ph 712 441-1037).

  Click here to download page story appeared in.

  Click here to read entire issue

To read the rest of this story, download this issue below or click here to register with your account number.
Order the Issue Containing This Story
2021 - Volume #45, Issue #1