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Farmer Artist Paints Satellite TV Dishes
Ray Priegnitz is an artist with a most unusual canvas. His handiwork is showcased on those big satellite TV dishes that dot the countryside.
Priegnitz, of Johnson Creek, Wis., is a former dairy farmer who first displayed his artistic talents on silo roofs for the Fiberdome Co., of Lake Mills, Wis. When Fiberdome expanded into satellite TV dish production, Priegnitz's skills were quickly put to use.
His satellite dish designs aren't simply painted on they're actually molded into the dish when it's made. Designs are first sketched and then painted on the dish mold. Resin is then added to the fiberglass before a reverse process fuses the picture into the finished product. Priegnitz notes that doing the design this way ensures that it'll never rub or scrape off.
People interested in Priegnitz's artwork can order a dish from Fiberdome and have it decorated with one of the "stock" designs which includes the logos of most sports teams or have the design custom-made.
Other stock designs include butterflies, animals, unicorns, rainbows and wildlife scenes. Priegnitz says his favorite is a scene which shows two deer at the edge of the lake at sunset.
A spokesman for Fiberdome notes that a design adds $100 to $150 to the cost of the company's satellite TV dish.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Fiberdome, P.O. Box 11, 202 Sandy Beach Road, Lake Mills, Wis. 53551 (ph 414 648-8376).

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1986 - Volume #10, Issue #5