Every year in Indiana there is something called a Covered Bridge Festival. Basically its a huge flea market that last over a week. One can buy almost anything they might every want or need at this festival for a good price. Oh, and how can I forget the great food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner time. I think there are some covered bridges involved as well. This year it was my second time going and I decided to try to capture with my lens some of the art and antiques that were on hand at the festival. I was able to meet some cool people and talk about their passion for what they make and hear their stories. Enjoy.
The Bird Houses
This is Joe and he is responsible for all the bird houses behind him. A creative genius I think. I enjoyed meeting him and learning about his story. He is able to take something broken and give it life. He is making new what once was old. Skip down to read more about his story.
I remember seeing these bird houses both times I came to the Covered Bridge Festival. However, this year I was able to meet the man and learn the story behind these bird houses. The man's name is Joe and he has been making them for many years. If you take a close look you will be able to see there is something unique about each and every bird house. No two are alike, weather it be the colors in the metal roofs or the texture of the wood, each house is different. I asked him where he got his materials from and what inspired him to make bird houses. He said that all the houses were made from materials that he got from broken down barns that he would see around his area. He said he was tired of looking at broken down barns and not doing anything about it. Talk about killing a few birds with one stone. With one hobby, he is able to recycle metal and wood and turn it into a profit. Yes pun intended, after all, they have a few places to hide in thanks to Joe.
Here is a link to his website:
The Metal Shop
Talk about a metal shop! This store had everything one might imagine made out metal. Everything from scull faces and peace signs to every letter of the English language in different sizes as well. If rustic metal is not up to your satisfaction, no worries, painted signs with lights are also their specialty. The two people responsible for this shop are Preston Mulvene and Sarah Smith.
Here is a link to their website: http://www.theglobalswapshop.com
Fresh fruit on a stick and the one thing that can make it better...Chocolate!
The rest of the pictures are some of the cool antiques that were for sale.