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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Artistry from Spare Parts






Like most folks, I appreciate artistic talent. Whether it's my friends in the Laguna Madre Art League, photographers or someone like Matt Faupel who works with wood, I admire their concept of beauty.

We've been friends with Paul and Evelyn Harless for a number of years.
They have served as officers in the Arkansas MVPA (Military Vehicle Preservation Association). I've admired Paul's ability to restore old Army vehicles and Evelyn's photography. She also wrote a book, Pip Squeek, The Half-Size Jeep, about one of the vehicles he restored.

However, this summer I discovered Paul possesses another talent. Evelyn had told me he can fix anything and loves creating things. A couple of years ago, his good friend, Sedric Wirt, passed away and his wife Phyllis gave Paul some of Sedric's spare watch parts - Sedric owned and operated a jewelry store in Arkansas.

Paul made these vehicles from the spare parts. I find not only the detail of each item fascinating, but also the creativity to look at a box full of parts, imagine and then create these beautiful pieces.

Way to go, Paul!




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