Father Dick Kolb, and son Rich, created the first Yardbird over 20 years ago in Jamestown, Kentucky. Dick spent most of his career making things out of metal, including farm gates and large satellite dishes. Dick and Rich began talking about all the things you could make from scrap materials and, after experimenting with things around his own home, the first Yardbird was born. It, and several of the original designs,are cherished possessions of the Kolb family. People instantly loved them as much as they did, so they began creating Yardbirds full time.
Rich is very proud to say that his work is proudly HANDCRAFTED IN KENTUCKY! He is a juried member of Kentucky Crafted, C.R.A.F.T. ( Craft Retailers & Artists For Tomorrow ), and the American Craft Council. Every six months numerous new designs are born into his collection of Yardbirds and Engine-New-Ity.
For Rich, creating his art sculptures turns work into fun. Each decorative or functional art sculpture, whether it be a dog, cat, fish, mouse, bird, reptile, wine caddy, flower pot holder, or animal, is guaranteed to bring pleasure to its owner. And they make great conversation pieces. Many people have fun identifying the parts Rich uses to make them and marvel at the way a simple tilt of the head can give a sculpture so much personality. Many sculptures are even given names and become part of the family.
This handcrafted "French Bulldog" measures 6" tall, 7" tall and 5" wide.