I was in the back yard the other evening and noticed one of my first folded dogs.

Yep the granddaddy of them all. He was just sitting there enjoying the sun…

I really enjoyed designing and making those guys. They were little dogs made from one piece of steel, folded down the back.

I made a bunch of those guys. Me and the 5 members of “Rusty and the Crew” were great studio partners for a couple of years.

Some of the first ones I made, as I was experimenting with their design, have lived in front of my studio for several years now… There used to be about 8 of them out there, just hanging out, talking to each other… chilling in the sun and cold alike.

Well, some of the local neighbors have… “apparently”…taken a few of them.

I don’t look at it as stealing,

I look at like, adopting a pet from the pound.

Apparently, they cared enough to love them,  take them home, and love them!

I’d like to think they have gone to good homes.  I believe they did…


They cared enough to get the very best!


I hope nothing of yours has been “adopted” by someone else… but if they have I would love to hear your story.

Use the form below and let me know how it went…


A New Friend






As some of you know I make a collection of little metal dogs called Rusty and the Crew.

 With the latest addition of Romeo, there are now five of them.


And here is Romeo



It all started with Rusty’s ancestors about 10 years ago.  I had some crazy idea  to design a dog from a single sheet of steel with a single  fold down his back.   The idea took off and I made several tries at the design…some good …some not so good. 

 The first ones even required me to weld the head together … bad idea. 

 As time went by I came up with different structures, ways to make the ears stand up, facial expressions… you get the picture. (Most of these early ancestors live in my back yard.)

Well I finally got to the design I like and the first four members of Rusty and the Crew were launched.  




The response has been pretty good.  Christmas was fun for a lot of people who were able to tell other parents “I got a dog for your kid “.  The fun came in watching their crazy, how could you do this to me, reaction.  But then they realize, Rusty is “the perfect pet”.   No feeding.  No cleanup.  No shots.  You know what I mean.

 Well anyway, check them out at  and see

for yourself. 


Don’t miss the video telling The Crew story.