Recreating his memories of yesteryear, Dave Womble has crafted nearly a hundred miniature replicas of farm equipment- from scraps into masterpieces.
Harvesters, tractors, excavators, and farming implements are all part of Wombles creations; many are recreations of equipment from his childhood on the family farm.
“They are by no means to scale,” said Womble as he took one of the miniature models from a shelf. “I created each one with different scraps of materials.”
Using paint sticks, straws, springs, scraps of wood, spools, PVC pipe, random pieces of plastic and parts from a radio, and a lighter, Womble creates his models.
“I use straws to create the hydraulics, and I have used different pieces of a radio to make parts for the engines,” said Womble. “I even used pieces of a lighter for various parts and the guard from a razor blade.”
Womble’s hobby started 20 years ago. At that time, he was remodeling the home of Betty Hardy in Grimes, California.
“As I was working on her home and I thought I should make her a Hardy Harvester bird house,” said Womble. “She loved it.”
The trusted Hardy Harvester birdhouse sparked an interest to recreate the machinery of his past.
“I want to build all of the equipment that I worked on, or we used on our family ranch growing up,” said Womble.
Womble’s pieces are somewhat functional. Most have working wheels and parts that move.
“Once word got out I made these, I had friends and family asking for special requests,” said Womble; however he stressed this was just a hobby and not a business.
Though Womble commented many of his works were created for public benefit.
“I have made some sort of harvester or tractor for the Colusa Firefighters crab feed each year,” said Womble.
Womble’s work will soon be featured at The Pacific Flyway Quilters “Farm+Fabric=Family” Quilt Show on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Colusa County Fairgrounds from 10 AM to 4 PM.
The Quilt Show showcases new and antique quilts as well as featuring “The Mechanical Quilt” by Lynne Pillus, and outsider art “Memories to Models” – miniature farm equipment by David Womble. The cost is a $5 donation. There will be raffle opportunities, vendors, and much more. For information, call (530) 458-7814 or (530) 300-6770. ■