Rich Kolb

Rejected metal and such made good. Louisville, KY.

“When I first saw these whimsical sculptures in Louisville, KY, I had a smile in my heart for hours. I love unexpected art work that make me happy. Now I enjoy my “Squirrel with a nut”, resting in my foyer. I know their work will be a great addition to 2 Smith Art Gallery. Come by and put a smile on your heart too.” — Larry Smith

My father and I created the first “Yardbird” over 20 years ago in Jamestown, Kentucky. He spent most of his career making things out of metal, including farm gates and large satellite dishes. We began talking about all the things you could make with scrap materials and, after experimenting with things around our own home, the first Yardbird was born. People instantly loved them as much as I did, so I began creating Yardbirds full-time.

Now, Yardbirds are made in Louisville, KY. I try to use overrun, discontinued, rejected, and scrap materials as much as possible. Some of the materials I use include garden tools, car parts, farm implements, bicycle parts, and mufflers. I think that Yardbirds are a great way to contribute to the good of the environment. They save rejected metal parts from ending up in a landfill and they beautify homes and yards everywhere!

I am very proud to say that all Yardbirds are proudly handcrafted in our old Kentucky home! I am a juried members of the Kentucky Crafted, C.R.A.F.T (Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow) and the American Craft Council.

For me, creating Yardbirds turns work into fun! Each Yardbird is unique, whimsical, and guaranteed to bring pleasure to its owner. A Yardbird is a great conversation piece. Many people have fun identifying the parts I cleverly use to make them and they marvel at the way a simple tilt of a head can give a sculpture so much personality. Many Yardbirds are even claimed as part of the family.”








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