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These Model Tractors Are Made Of Paper
Photos of model tractors made mostly from scrap paper recently caught our eye. The 1/8th scale 1934 John Deere A and 1918 Waterloo Boy tractors were donated to PHARM Dog USA for a Sept. 9 auction to raise money for the nonprofit. The artist is an offender with the Crossroads Correctional Facility who made the models through the Restorative Justice Organization as a way to make amends and give back.
The detail is amazing, says Jackie Allenbrand, founder of Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri, which has paired 22 dogs with farmers with disabilities in several states (FARM SHOW Vol. 39, No. 6).
With children’s scissors, nail clippers, and emery boards, the artist glued paper and thin cardboard together, then shaped each part. The John Deere tractor seat is 25 layers of paper, for example. Only a few parts are not paper. Empty ink pen cartridges are shafts and rods. The chain on the Waterloo is tiny pieces cut from a plastic hose and pieced together.
Inspired by his grandfather’s farm, the artist spent 3 mos. and 350 hrs. on the John Deere and 7 mos. and 500 hrs. on the Waterloo Boy. Another offender/artist used wood scraps to build the display cases for each tractor.
“This is one-of-a-kind art,” Allenbrand says, and she is honored that the model tractors will be part of PHARM’s Sept. 9, 2023, fundraising for a facility to train dogs for farmers. Information for bidding on them will be online and on Facebook sometime in August.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, PHARM Dog USA, Jackie Allenbrand, P.O. Box 161, Albany, Mo. 64402 (ph 660-582-0694; pharmdog03@gmail.com; www.pharmdog.org; Facebook: P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA).

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