Grassroots Art Center

Arthur T. Johnson

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Arthur T. Johnson (deceased) retired from farming in McPherson county at 79 years and started to build replica buildings out of sheet metal. He was a master at soldering and all he needed was one photograph of each side of the structure to begin creating. Arthur used 23 gauge galvanized sheet metal - cutting, drilling, filing it smooth and soldering it together. He especially designed tools to create a clapboard siding or brick effect.

Throughout Arthur's retirement he made between 250-300 replicas. Beside houses, churches, school buildings and lamps he has made models of the White House, Mount Vernon, and the Lincoln Memorial. Arthur said, "I've never seen anybody do this before. I never get tired of doing them because not all houses are the same."

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