1988 - Volume #12, Issue #2, Page #19[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Ornamental Bird House FenceOne man's trash is another man's treasure, and Len Busenius has an ornamental "bird house" fence to prove it.
Busenius, a 68-year-old retired dairy farmer near Hay Lakes, Alb., says he loves to make things out of old junk that he finds, welding it into interesting shapes and de-signs. The fence around his yard, for ex-ample, is decorated with wagon wheels mounted on 6 ft. high posts and topped by bird houses.
"Junk and birds are my favorite things in life," notes Busenius. His country show-place displays many other valuable treasures from bygone days, including a one-horse walking plow and one of the first Briggs & Stratton engines ever made. Busenius mounts his treasures on posts "so the public can see and enjoy them, and so they're out of reach and don't get stolen." Most of his bird houses are built of wood and mounted on 6-in. long iron rods welded to the tops of the wheels, which were taken from old binders, plows and threshing machines, and painted in various bright colors. Busenius has also made bird houses from all sorts of other items, including electrical switch boxes and even toilet bowl floats.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Len Busenius, Box 139, Hay Lakes, AB., Canada P0B 1W0 (ph 403 672-7117).
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