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Sickle Section Animals
"There's not a day goes by that people don't stop to take pictures. Sometimes they really ham it up for the camera," says retired farmer Elton Brown about visitors who come from miles around to see the three creatures at the end of his driveway on Hwy. 12 between Pomeroy, Wash., and Lewiston, Idaho.
What's unique about the three sculptures - a shark, dinosaur and alligator - is that Brown made them out of thousands of sickle sections.
Brown got the idea from an article about another farmer who'd done it, and advertised in the local newspaper for used sickle sections. Area farmers brought him so many he still hasn't used them all. More than 4,000 sickle sections have gone into his three creations and he's used more than 1,000 ft. of rebar to make the underlying framework. Rods are spaced 3 in. apart so sickle sections can be welded to them.
The shark is 14 ft. long and 20 in. in dia. and is made of 1,053 sickle sections. It was built in about two weeks early last July.
The dinosaur is 11-ft., 4-in. tall and is 17 ft. long including tail. It's made of 1,854 sickle sections and over 600 ft. of rebar. It was completed in about three weeks . Brown won prizes for it at the county and state fairs.
The alligator was built in two weeks last October. It's 15 ft. long by 22 in. wide and is constructed of 1,100 sickle sections. Its teeth are rotary hoe teeth instead of sickle sections.
Brown mounted the trio at the end of his long driveway, where they greet visitors. "People stick their heads inside the shark's or alligator's mouth, clowning around for photos," he says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Elton Brown, Rt. 1, Box 96AA, Pomeroy, Wash. 99347 (ph 509 843-1460).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #2