In 1840 there was no West, America stopped short at the Allegheny Mountains. By 1890 the cowboys, the pioneers, the Forty-Niners, the cattle rustlers and gun slingers had vanished ~~ they came and disappeared swiftly within 50 years . . . Via Con Dios
Today, over 50,000 glass bottles form rambling walls that surround a 22 room museum. Wagon wheels, old-fashioned store fronts and wacky western memorabilia make Tinkertown's exterior as much a museum as the wonders within.
Inside, the magic of animation takes over. The inhabitants of a raucous little western town animate to hilarious life.
He has miniature wood-carved figures that were first part of a traveling exhibit, driven to county fairs and carnivals in the 1960's and 70's. As a boy growing up in the Midwest, Ross was captivated by the tiny villages, farms and circuses created by "spare time carvers." His own miniature world began with circus figures, carved while in junior high school ~~ now on display at the museum. He began carving the first figures fore the turn-of-the-century general store in 1962.
The Theodora R. - the Wooden Boat Docked in the Woods. In 1981 Fritz Damler quit his job and traded his house for this boat. He lived on the Theodora R. for 10 years. Others joined with him at times and sometimes he sailed alone. He came to know the variety of people on the earth and to truly know himself. The Theodora R. was built in England in 1936. The display is dedicated to Fritz Damler's quest.
In 1995, Fritz settled his boat here at Tinkertown. Today Fritz Damler lives with his wife on Crooked Island, Bahamas. They live, write, play music, fish, and watch the sun rise and set on the Atlantic Ocean.
Life is short - follow your heart.