Posted January 21, 2015in Beaverdale, Community Featured, Email blast

Brazing a Trail

As temperatures continue to drop below 0 degrees, the garage hunt continues. Most folks are have tucked away from their outdoor hobbies for the season. But not Scott Bents. While his garage may lack a heater the flame from his oxy acetylene torch still glows—at least now and again. “I’ve

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Posted January 21, 2015in Bondurant, Community Featured

Man of Many Miles

Conrad “Sunny” Fenton, a California native, has been riding “cycles” for years. He purchased his first one when he was 16-years old. His garage is covered in Sturgis flags, pictures, bicycles, and a royal blue Harley Davidson Heritage Softail, which is his third one. He’s also owned Kawasaki’s, Yamaha’s and

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Posted January 14, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Grimes

Scrolling along

About 20 years ago Hawbaker became a model railroad man, building models with ‘N’ gauge, (size smaller than ‘HO’ gauge). He had plans to build  a display of his models in his basement. Another railroader friend had done some really neat scroll saw designs of different railroad engines.  Hawbaker thought

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Posted January 14, 2015in Community Featured, Winterset

1970 Custom Chevelle

After graduation in 2009, Sam Mapes made the decision to attend WyoTech school in Laramie, Wyoming to further his knowledge about auto body repair and learn the trade of automotive upholstery. He had always had an interest in mechanical things. He received his degree in major collision refinishing with a

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Posted January 14, 2015in Ankeny, Community Featured

Tailgate trailer

  Okay, so it may not be perfect tailgating weather, but that doesn’t stop these Cyclone fans from donning their cardinal and gold and posing with their very special tailgate trailer. Gwen Norland bought the used trailer two years ago as a birthday gift for her husband, Nils. “It was

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Posted January 14, 2015in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

Bears Bar

Rain, cold or snow, Sam Howell is always outside to watch the Chicago Bear’s game. The man’s garage transforms during NFL season to the “Bear’s Bar.” Howell claims that having the bar in his unheated garage is a way for him and his buddies to get outside and feel like

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Posted January 07, 2015in Clive, Community Featured

Garage band

There are certain moments in every child’s life where they begin to dream. Not simply while sleeping but when they start having desires and passion for the future they’d like to see. Some think of how to make the world better others think of how to become rich and famous.

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Posted January 07, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, West Des Moines

Fit for a Queen

  Barbara Durden Davis’ most prized possession is older than her 32-year law career. Davis, a Family Law attorney in West Des Moines, is the proud owner of a 1958 Bentley S1 Saloon automobile named “The Duke.” Davis has always had an interest in classic cars (she’s had a Jaguar

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Posted December 31, 2014in Ames, Community Featured

Copper country

              David Wilder spent a distinguished career at Iowa State University as a professor and chair in the Materials Science and Engineering department so it’s no wonder among the various collections he and his wife, Donna, have in their garage and home are numerous pieces of copper.              

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Posted December 31, 2014in Clear Lake, Community Featured, Email blast

Basket-making workshop

  Laura Nicholson never considered herself an artist. She was barely looking for a new hobby when she took her first basket making class nearly 20 years ago. Today, Nicholson herself teaches basket making and operates her artistic endeavor, Baskets by Laura, in a tidy workspace in the family’s basement.

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