Center man using trash for art

Center man using trash for art
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - Nestled in the trees of Shelby County are pieces of metal that have been re-purposed to make artistic masterpieces.

They are all made by Delbert Beckham. For the last 12 years, Beckham has used the motto 'One man's trash is another man's treasure.'

"My brother-in-law is a wielder, and he taught me for about five minutes," Beckham said. "At first, it was a hobby but then I got good at it. As I started putting stuff together, I thought, 'man this is fun', and then I discovered people will actually pay me for what I build."

Beckham's current project is a bench made out of mangled metal. The bench will be loaded into his truck and taken to the Texas State Fair in September. It's his latest piece to be placed in the annual Friends of Lottie Sculpture event.

"I've been going to that since I was invited the first year they had it," Beckham said.

The bench is made out of rebar, an industrial filter, truck parts, and taken apart flat feeder chain discarded by a local poultry farm. They are all bought from the local scrap yard.

"I go to the scrap yard like others go to Hobby Lobby for supplies," Beckham said.

Some pieces have been in his shop for years.

"Sometimes, I will be going looking for something specific," Beckham said. "Sometimes, I will see something and know just because it is so interesting that I've got to have it. Some pieces I'll have for about 4 or 5 years before I use them."

If you take a quick walk around his property, you will see what an imaginative mind can do.

"When you take them out of context and look at their form and how they are made, a lot of them are externally beautiful," Beckham said.

Beckham admits there are limits to what he can do.

"What the wife has said is it can't come any closer to the house than that," Beckham said.

With more space to fill, this self taught artist continues to daydream and bring those dreams to life.

The bench piece will be put up for sale at the fair. If the piece is not sold, it will return to his garden. Beckham does sell items that are brought home.

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