From whence I came ....

Edsel Jobe, grandfather

I spent a lot of time with my grandparents on their farm in Guilford County, North Carolina from childhood through young adulthood.  I remember vividly my grandfather’s woodcarving and folk art windmills and his hand made chains made out of aluminum wire that he forged and formed - an art he learned as a young man during the Depression.

From my dad and grandfather,  I learned the value of hand made and the art of creating “art” - sometimes whimsical - out of ordinary items, especially metal and wood.

1974 Photographs by Charles A Rucker, Hillsborough, North Carolina.

circa 1974

circa 1974

circa 1974

circa 1974


Lawrence Reddick, grandfather

Grandfather’s tractor


Beginning restoration