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Recycled . . . Waikaka farmer Jono Gardyne made this bull by welding worn out pieces of machinery together to enter the Waikaka Arts and Crafts annual exhibition held in the Waikaka Centennial Hall. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Waikaka farmer Jono Gardyne has taken the message to recycle seriously and is making art out of scrap steel.

Gardyne entered six items at the Waikaka Arts and Crafts exhibition, including a life-sized bull, named Recycle-a-Bull.

Gardyne said he used discarded machinery parts including plough points, chains, disc blades, chopper knives from his farming operation.

“Most have been worn out by myself or by other guys on the staff,” Gardyne said.

“I welded them altogether.”

The bull was 290kg.

“A three-quarter grown jersey might be about that size.”

When he started on the design he built the bull “from the nose back”.

“It’s not so much the putting it together, it’s more the working out how it’s going to go together.”

Some of the parts he needed to modify before he could use them by either grinding them down or bending them to create softer lines.

“All the metal you use, most of it has character anyway.”

While the actual construction time was probably about 40 hours of work, it had taken him much longer as he had completed the project in his spare time.

He had been making art out of scrap steel for about three years after seeing something similar at an earlier Waikaka exhibition.

He thought to himself, “I could do that, I could make it a bit different style.”

He did not think he would give up farming to sculpt full-time.

“It would be a tough way to make a living.”