Brocton Red Barn offers unique items

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BROCTON – The little community of Brocton is the place shopaholics want to be today.

With multiple vendors inside the Red Barn and the surrounding grounds, a wide selection of antiques, collectibles and unique craft items are for sale. The event started Friday and continues 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. today, April 6. Proceeds from the Red Barn Market help fund activities for the Brocton Spring Festival in June.

“We’ve got more outside than we have ever had,” said Helen Wood, regarding the number of vendors set up with collectibles and primitives.

As one of the organizers, Wood was pleased with the crowd Friday, despite the overcast skies. She added vendors were also pleased with the steady flow of people coming by the booths.

“We are looking forward to Saturday,” said Wood. “It is supposed to be a pleasant day with temperatures in the 60s. We’re hoping people come out.”

As with past Red Barn Markets, this event is a mix of regular vendors and some who are there for the first time.

A unique booth was Diligent Hands Metal Working by Nick Taylor of Charleston. The creative young man uses old metal barn siding and roofing to create a variety of cut outs and designs that lend themselves to the distressed metal. This is his first visit to the Red Barn Market and his wares attracted a lot of attention by browsers and buyers alike.

“The business is just one year old,” he said.

He denies being an artist but admits to being a hard worker with more than seven years metal working experience before he ventured into a creative side.

According to Taylor, an artist can create free hand from the vision inside the head, which is something he does not do.

His approach to creating something is first carefully plotting reference points on the metal to give him something resembling a pattern before cutting the design by hand using a plasma cutter.

“I just hit on it one day,” Taylor said explaining how he got the idea of using the distressed galvanized sheet metal as a creative medium. “I never had seen anything like it.”

A couple of things happened to launch the business. During his honeymoon, he noticed a piece of old metal in restaurant where he and his bride were eating.

His first thought on seeing the metal object was: “Some person paid too much money for that. I could do that in my garage.”

The next step was cutting some old metal to see how things worked. One of those test projects was a sign made for a friend, who in turn placed pictures of the finished piece on Facebook where the work attracted attention.

“The owner of a consignment shop called, and that got the ball rolling,” said Taylor.

His original plan was to pursue this business venture in a few years when his children were older and in school but the immediate interest convinced him to move quickly. Now he is a stay at home dad with a craft business to help support the family.

“This is what I do at night when my family goes to bed,” said Taylor. “I go out to the shed.”

All of the metal he uses is scrap that was originally destined for recycling or a landfill.

“Part of the mission is to take something that was going to the scrapyard and repurpose it – like Jesus does with our lives,” said Taylor.