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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Solomon's Castle

Yesterday afternoon Kendra Cross and I went to explore Solomon's Castle, an hour and two minute drive from Pinecraft. I was fascinated with the place and all of Solomon's creations made from trash and scraps, because this fits right in with my Troyer genes. Solomon's Castle can be found here.

 Inside the entrance, looking out.

 The Castle at a distance. The siding is all tin plates from a local newspaper publishing place. For thirteen years I worked for Pathway Publishers in Canada. And these used tin plates stack up in a hurry. If we only would have build an Amish Castle we could have used every used tin plate.

 My plate of food. It was delicious and more than I could eat.

 A bird made from a broken shovel.

 Inside the gift shop, where our tour through the castle began.

 This fish is made from the bottom of beer cans.

 The man and his toilet is made from scraps.

They had a number of animals made from wire coat hangers.

 Made from scraps of trash.

 A Bike

 This chair is made from empty beer cans. It is strong enough to sit on as the cans are not the tin type.

 One of Columbus' three ships that sailed the Ocean Blue looking for the New World.

 This is the only picture I have of Solomon. It does resemble him.

 This eagle and a number of other animals are made from cut up oil drums.

 This is Solomon's very first piece of art. His carvings at the age of four years old. 

His wall art is made of tiny pieces of wood. 

 He makes their own stained glass windows. Each piece tells a story.

 This is their Plain Wall, which separates the living room from the kitchen area. These photos are just a drop in the bucket of everything on display. We were free to take pictures and all of these things are for sale, providing you have a million extra dollars.

 Outdoor seating. The food is cooked in the boat and carried outside to their guests. There is also seating inside the boat and up in the lighthouse.

 We also took a tour around the grounds and found these old beautiful rusty bikes.

 Out back is a replica of The Alamo.

 I love these doors.

 The little shed made from recycled scraps.

We took this bridge across the mote to take the nature walk. I was on a wheelchair, so at a few places the nature walk was a bit of a challenge. We wanted to take a look at how accessible everything is with a wheelchair and the best way to check out is go with a wheelchair.

 This is a Swamp Cypress in the swamp. We didn't encounter alligators or snakes and very few insects. 

 Found this flower at the end of our Nature Walk.

 Solomon's wife, Kendra and I in front of the castle.

5 comments:

  1. Fascinating. I have a cousin who works there. Too bad David and I didn't think of going there when we were down there.

    Thanks for the photos.

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    1. Who is your cousin who works here? Most of them looked and acted like they might have Amish blood.

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  2. I really enjoyed your visit to Solomons' castle. Just the kind of place I would want to visit if I ever come to Florida. Thank you for all these fine photos.

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  3. Really like the way he's repurposing 'junk'. His style is much more in tune with mine than a lot of what we see made from junk!

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  4. Amazing work! This man is truly an artist. What a fun place to visit.

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