MEET RUSTY

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes If you’re over in east Keizer perhaps you spotted the butterfly-catching man standing in the front yard. His name is Rusty, appropriately enough. Rick Halvorson, a retiree from the Oregon National Guard and a native Keizerite, made him. Standing about five-and-a-half feet tall, Rusty is almost entirely of old parts no one else particularly needed or wanted. It’s a theme in Halvorson’s work. His gutters were fashioned in part out of an old metal cup. A bird in the backyard is made of a shovel’s blade. In the garage he’s fashioned together a contraption where a pinball can be raised up through tubes made out of old welding rods – he got those free because, once moisture gets to them, they’re not much use – with pegs attached to old saw blades. From there it can take two paths, spiraling down into a metal disc, where the process starts over. But Halvorson is a modest man, despite the fact he can point almost anywhere on his property and show something he made – or made better. He discovered he enjoyed welding after his father-in-law taught him, and Rusty is his most public creation yet. Rusty is made of “mostly just things people gave me and it accumulated over the years,” Halvorson said. “I just put it to use.” Standing six feet, two inches...

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