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Banks video

Floyd “Junior” Banks (A.K.A. “Castleman’s”) full scale castle walls– made almost entirely by Floyd working alone from salvaged materials– have been under continuous construction since 1993. Behind the two castle walls, most rooms are open to the sky, and none are habitable.  Complete with a torture chamber and fireplace, Floyd believes that images representing Divine […]

Morrow paintings

Jimmy Morrow’s folk art paintings in his Edwina Church of God in Jesus Christ’s Name reinforce the messages in his charismatic sermons, during which he sometime handles snakes.  Jimmy has written a book on the history of serpent handling (see link below).  His further interests in history include especially the Civil War, and his Great, […]

Jimmy Morrow

Jimmy Morrow’s folk art paintings in his Edwina Church of God in Jesus Christ’s Name reinforce the messages in his charismatic sermons, during which he sometime handles snakes.  Jimmy has written a book on the history of serpent handling (see link below).  His further interests in history include especially the Civil War, and his Great, […]

Brinkley

In 1998 Phil Brinkley began to weld dinosaurs, dragons, knights, and other fanciful creations out of automobile and farm implement parts.  He also works with commercial metal sheets and makes use of metal construction tube and bar stock.  He is retired after 40 years with the Cessna Aircraft Company, and helps his son with his […]

Henry Hall 2

Henry Hall has made numerous Mardi Gras costumes and model floats.  He also draws, makes spray paintings from custom stencils, and decorates his yard with beads, party hats, and objects from around his neighborhood.  He proudly recalls his U. S. Army service (1953-5), having a traveling dance troupe and running a dance studio in downtown […]

Isaac Long

A retired contractor, Mr. Long recalls beginning in the sheet-metal business at 22, becoming a welder and later a general contractor for steel buildings and the construction and remodeling of houses.  He worked for the Halliburton Corporation for about 2 1/2 years.   He’s owned his house since around 1980, and once had a welding shop […]

Brady Video

As a young boy in the 1950’s, Bill Brady’s severe dyslexia was little understood. At home, he learned metalworking alongside his father, an accomplished blacksmith, but after the ninth grade, Bill was counseled to give up schooling, and he dropped-out to take a series of menial jobs. While living in New England, he would supplement […]

Brady 3

As a young boy in the 1950’s, Bill Brady’s severe dyslexia was little understood. At home, he learned metalworking alongside his father, an accomplished blacksmith, but after the ninth grade, Bill was counseled to give up schooling, and he dropped-out to take a series of menial jobs. While living in New England, he would supplement […]

Billy Brady 2

As a young boy in the 1950’s, Bill Brady’s severe dyslexia was little understood. At home, he learned metalworking alongside his father, an accomplished blacksmith, but after the ninth grade, Bill was counseled to give up schooling, and he dropped-out to take a series of menial jobs. While living in New England, he would supplement […]

Bill Brady 1

As a young boy in the 1950’s, Bill Brady’s severe dyslexia was little understood. At home, he learned metalworking alongside his father, an accomplished blacksmith, but after the ninth grade, Bill was counseled to give up schooling, and he dropped-out to take a series of menial jobs. While living in New England, he would supplement […]

William Brady Jr.

In 1963, Philadelphia steelworker William Brady Sr. moved his family to northwestern Pennsylvania to take a superintendent position at Universal-Cyclops Steel in Titusville, Pa.  Bill Sr. was an accomplished artisan who spent most of his free time crafting decorative works in his fully equipped blacksmithing shop. Born in 1943, Bill Jr.’s severe dyslexia was un-recognized […]

Wince paintings and details

In 1988 Charles Wince purchased a 2 ½-story “fixer-upper” house in a then rundown Columbus neighborhood.  In retrospect, it was lucky that there were no fine interior architectural details to preserve, and Wince’s distinctly personal transformation of his home (whose surroundings have evolved into a much more fashionable and expensive neighborhood) continues to the present […]

Liggett 4

Retired from the Navy and Air Force, MT Liggett returned to his hometown of Mullinville, Kansas and built numerous provocative sculptures and signs satirizing local and national politicians, the government, the mainstream media, hypocrites, and former wives.  Some of his ‘totems’ honored friends, former lovers, and a surprise daughter who came to visit as an […]

Robertson 7 Cross Symbolism

(quotations on this page are of Isaiah Robertson’s words) The 25 foot cross Prophet Isaiah built in his driveway was a gift to the community: offering physical and spiritual healing, as well as a final chance for redemption ahead of the imminent Second Coming – to occur at the brink of Niagara Falls on Goat […]

Henry Hall 1

Henry Hall has made numerous Mardi Gras costumes and model floats.  He also draws, makes spray paintings from custom stencils, and decorates his yard with beads, party hats, and objects from around his neighborhood.  He proudly recalls his U. S. Army service (1953-5), having a traveling dance troupe and running a dance studio in downtown […]

Roy Smith

Roy Smith lives in Royville without electricity or plumbing.  During the day he charges solar lights for nighttime use inside the van where he sleeps.   In the 1990’s Roy was featured on the television news program 20/20, and he won a racial bias law suite against the police department (in a different Colorado county).  […]

Frank Novel 3

Frank and I enjoy getting together for Erie Seawolves AA minor league baseball games:

Frank Novel 2

Frank brought one of his vintage notebooks to a minor league baseball for my between innings pleasure.  Some quick cell-snaps:    

Frank Novel 1

Frank Novel (Noo´-vel) is a mental health outpatient who lives in a low income apartment building in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania.  He keeps a sizable collection of vintage LP’s in his small apartment and is especially partial to ’60’s and 70’s pop rock.  Since the 1970’s, he has drawn almost daily in sketchbooks – sometimes making […]