Posted by: Osmyn | August 9, 2008

What Happened Now – August 9, 2008


Last weekend I took a roadtrip with my parents and got to meet maker-elite named Paul Boyer at his museum in Belleville, KS

Paul, who will be 78 this year, has been carving since he was a boy.  His museum showcases his art from the past 30 years, which includes many incredible animatronic pieces like this display of a horseshoe factory. 

Paul dropped out of grade school and later served in the military in Korea where he was known for carving and making art with whatever supplies he could get his hands on.

When he was 35, he lost one leg in an accident and contracted Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion.  The doctors gave him just 5 years to live.

Paul didn’t go back to work after the accident, and instead focused on his art to keep his mind busy.

When he starts a new project, he comes up with the concept and thinks it through, but never does any blue prints – he just uses his instincts to guide him.

He’s made many interesting kinetic art sculptures, but his talent isn’t limited to that.  He sketches caricatures, paints, and even mined diamonds in the rough then created a machine to grind them according to their crystal structure into a beautiful necklace for his lucky wife.

I asked Paul where his artwork was showcased, thinking “Smithsonian” would be an appropriate answer.  He said that there was some here and there in some towns around, but that was all!

I also asked him if he ever made anything like a pinball machine (my passion), but he said he hadn’t – maybe he will now though!

He was such a pleasant and humble man to talk with and I’m really glad my parents took me on the road trip down to see his museum.

This museum is a must-see if you can make it:  1205 M St. Belleville, KS  66935 (785.527.5884)


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