December 29, 2010
I discovered this guy while watching “American Pickers”. Frank and Mike made a quick stop at Anthony’s Museum of Wonder in Alabama. Butch was kinda cute until he told the guys he shot and ate squirrels when they inquired about the squirrel tails hanging outside the front door.
Despite the whole rodent-eating conversation, Butch left quite an impression on me with his outsider folk art (which can be seen hanging in the museum, along with thousands of curiosities), so I Googled him. I found a website that sells his art, and also an article the New York Times did on his home and artwork, which was quite interesting.
Here’s a few of his pieces–made from trash and treasures he’s found along the way:
And some great photos of his home in the NY TIMES ARTICLE:
“Butch Anthony began building his log cabin in 1988 and is still tweaking it. It is made from heart pine salvaged from an old mill in Columbus, Ga., and put together with the help of his home-made rigging — cables and pulleys strung from the branches of pine trees. Mr. Anthony made the chandeliers on a screened porch from twigs and cow bones; the 1930s quilts came from his Possum Trot auction.”
“The house is built into the side of a hill, and the bedroom is half-underground, which keeps it cool in the summer. A rusty mattress spring from an antique bed makes a wall hanging; ladder-back chairs have seats woven from old ties.”
“Bathroom with “windows” made from “beaver sticks,” a k a twigs chewed by beavers.”
Talk about eco-friendly….I might forgive him for the whole squirrel thing.