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Barnyard Art Waterfall
"Everything in it came out of the barn we used when we were dairying," says Bruce Gerdes of Wall Lake, Iowa, about a "barn-yard art waterfall" he and a friend put together last year as a conversation piece.
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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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #4