1996 - Volume #20, Issue #4, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Barnyard Art Waterfall
The "sculpture" is 36-in. sq. by 7 1/2-ft. tall and weighs about 400 lbs.
Steel milking stanchions serve as the main frame. An antique hay knife mounts on each side. An old hay grapple fork out of the barn mounts on top and a cow bell hangs on front.
"Steps" of the waterfall are cast iron stanchion watering cups welded to a closed stanchion mounted at an angle in the main frame. The water reservoir is a 4-gal. stainless steel cream separator top tank equipped with a small electric pump. Water is pumped to the top of the waterfall through a hose fitted underneath the steps.
"You hardly lose any water unless it's a real windy day, but I keep a stainless steel milk pail beside the reservoir to use to add extra water when needed," says Gerdes. "It makes a great conversation piece for yards, rock gardens, etc. We've even had people ask us to build them but we don't have any more dairy equipment for parts."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bruce Gerdes, 2358 380th St., Wall Lake, Iowa 51466 (ph 712 664-2398).
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