Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 9, 2013

Sculptor looks to trash for his treasures


A dog sculpture uses fire dogs, pieces of metal commonly found in fireplaces to hold wood while it burns.

“Those are the smallest fire dogs I’ve ever seen,” said Davis, pointing to the dog’s back legs with a happy personality that seems to match his own big smile of joy.

Each foot, a little more than an inch long, on a dog with no name and with interesting ears, illustrates his artistic depth. It takes a second look to see that Davis has pulled another visual fast one on the viewer.

“I used bent butter knives,” he said.

Sure enough.  “I build pieces around one part,” said Davis.

A giant ball bearing became an eye in one of his works. A clock for the other eye that still ticks, there’s a pick ax for the body, a spring for a tongue that never seems to stop moving and horseshoes for the mouth.

“I like horseshoes,” said Davis. “You can do a lot with them and they are easy to find.”

Prehistoric creatures capture his interest, especially the fierce looking Anglerfish that lives in the ocean depths. “I used two pitchfork ends for the mouth, part of a student desk for its neck and shell casings on its back,” said Davis.

It looks as if it would snap a viewers’ hand if it got too close.

Another piece illustrates what a duck might have looked like in the prehistoric era.

“I attached a cutting blade, much like what you’d see in hedge clippers, to its top lip,” said Davis.

The rest of the work looks ducky, down to its webbed feet. “We don’t know what a prehistoric duck might have looked like. It could have looked like this,” Davis said.

His creative mind works non-stop and Davis has a good idea for his next project. "I want to make a kangaroo,” he said.

He’ll hop right to it with a welder in hand and with creativity to spare.


Joe Courson is a reporter  for The Tifton (Ga.) Gazette. Comtact him at

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