The first thing I heard as we stepped inside was my oldest (13) say, "This place is awesome!" I knew right then I had a winner. It is a shed outside a modest house in the middle of a nice neighborhood. A kindly old gentleman (92) was waiting for us outside. He had come out a bit early to turn on the fans since it was near 100 that afternoon. I had my six kids and an extra and he was thrilled to show them all his work.
He has been carving and decorating toilet seats for decades. He was a plumber and it seemed like a good medium for his artistic interests. He started letting people look at them about ten years ago and has become a beloved institution since.
I let each of the kids pick out their favorites and here we have (slightly blurry) pictures.
|You can't read it but it says a new friend from Ankeny, IA.|
|B. and the Barbie one.|
|E. and the turkey made of old spoons|
|Our friend and the piano parts one|
|M. and the "Hot Seat"|
|J. and the Legos one|
|The whole group|
|R., who had trouble choosing.|
|N. and the cars one.|