So, if you haven’t been closely following the Boyink Family life for the past year and a half or so let me catch you up. In December of 2009 we made the decision to take a year-long RV-based family road trip. As part of that I sold my hobby vehicle, a 1964 CJ6 Jeep that I had invested countless hours in. That Jeep was the latest in Jeep ownership that stretched from the time I turned 18 and included a 1966 CJ5 and a 1952 Willys Wagon.
Since coming back from our trip I’ve found myself restless and antsy - especially when the evening hours roll around and I’m done with the days work, am tired of looking at screens and don’t want to read a book. I think I was driving the family nuts with my frustrated pacing and desire for something to go do.
I was missing an offline hobby.
So last week I hopped in the truck and made a visit to the local metal recycle yard where I grabbed a bunch of scrap metal in various shapes. I had no preconceived notion of what I wanted to build - but rather just figured something would present itself from the bits I had gathered.
It didn’t take long to see a cat’s head in one of the shapes and car rim suggested the arched back of a angered cat. With that idea the build was on. Some automotive “A-arms” provided easy legs, a box of nails supplied whiskers, eyebrows, claws, and a spiked tail. 1/2 of a garden rake became the mouth with fangs coming from the ends of some railroad spikes. I found myself with help at times, with my son doing some of the welding (and even turning down friends at the door to do so). My daughter dubbed it “Dumpster” and I added the junkyard zombie cat as that’s what came to mind as it came together,.
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