Purple Heart Tractor

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Project by hunter71 posted 01-25-2010 01:48 PM 3724 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is from a series of 10 exotic hardwood tractors I am working on. Each has a different wood and each has a different appearance. 100% hand made, no imported finials, pegs, wheels. Here I used contrasting woods and colors to make a statement. The Purple Heart body was allowed to sit for 2 weeks to get the full colors out. Maple and Box Elder make up the light colored woods. These are also the smallest tractor tires I have tried on my homemade tire machine. Sanded to 400 and poly satin sprayed.
Now you have seen a purple tractor!

I think I will enter this in the L.J. winter contest. Here is my statement for Yin Yang.

The challenge of creating a work using Yin and Yang was a tough one for a toy maker. I went to Wikipedia for some answers and left even more confused. I had to think on this one. It is raining today, and the sound of the rain on the steel roof allowed me to think about all I have read about this ancient Chinese myth and how it could relate to my main work.
Since everything has a Yin & Yang I moved to color to make my project exemplify the theory. Traditional colors of things give quick reference to the nature of their meaning. Here I have reversed the colors and brought in new colors to my tractor. Never seeing a purple tractor I chose Purple Heart for the body. Hard and strong it gave a positive association to an otherwise common shape. The light woods are Maple and Box Elder and are a strong contrast to the normal blacks associated with tires, steering wheels and exhaust. The tires are of course round and show the continual movement they are designed for, the tilling of the land to feed the people. The finish is satin giving the comforting feeling that all things Yin & Yang mean and the ancient Chinese version want us to experience.
Doug Perkins

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 02:16 PM

Nice work Doug. I am really impressed with those tires. They are really well done. Whenever I see your posts I always think about some old tractors that are displayed at a restaurant in the mountains not far from where we live. I Have been there a couple of times last summer, but can’t seem to remember to take some photos. A lot of the farmers around here have held on to their parents and grandparents tractors as family heirlooms. Some have been restored, but most have been left as they were when they were retired. I will get those photos eventually!!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 03:07 PM

cute little thing.. nice work.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Monty Queen

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 05:35 PM

Awesome job on that tractor.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 06:04 PM

Hi Doug

Another nice looking toy as always. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 06:31 PM

nice tractor. you make some really cool toys. the kids just love that I bet

-- WEASEL, Anthem AZ

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#6 posted 01-25-2010 06:52 PM

I worked as a tractor driver for some time and with my woodwork hobby, this tractor captured my eyes. It’s so QT. I would not hisitate to vote for it in Yin & Yang. Good on you, Doug.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#7 posted 01-26-2010 03:35 AM

Nice work. i like the tires too;-)) Too bat there isn’t some John Deere green wood!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 01-26-2010 04:30 AM

fun idea i love wooden toys there way more fun than garbage plastic and they display well for the no touchie section of the mantel

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#9 posted 01-26-2010 07:40 AM

Nice, a ying yang winner!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 01-27-2010 10:20 PM

look great to me


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#11 posted 01-28-2010 10:13 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I would have liked to have all 10 for a picture but I shipped #2 off to an old classmate in NY this week. I’ll see is I can get some of the others for a shot.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 01-29-2010 03:35 AM

Beautiful toys Doug.. Well done !!!..... lol… Look out Santa We have a new Elf in the Toy Department and he is a master toy builder.
Be Blessed Doug

-- ~~ Remember You can't saw... What you can't see ~~

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