He is right on his first point. The expectation is of something unusual but maybe disappointing - a schlocky collection of some eccentric type easily seen and leaveable. Instead, it is the complete opposite. Well, except maybe the eccentric part.
|First look, sucking us in like a visual vacuum|
|You mean there is more INSIDE??|
|One of those 'really look at what you are seeing' moments|
|A door I wanted to enter so very much.|
And that, after finally dragging ourselves through the last bit of Tinkertown, sounds exactly like something that would come from the hand and mind of Ross Ward.
On with the show.
|There are a lot of horse shoes to be found around this part of New Mexico.|
I'm guessing these are some of them.
|ALL of the walls are made with bottles. Something like 55,000 of them.|
|But not just pretty bottles. Indeed, not just bottles.|
|All of this was within the first 10 feet of entering the museum.|
|The photos make this look small but each window was probably 8 x 8 or more|
with a depth of 6 or 8 feet or more. Filled.
While throughout the whole place the circus theme showed up, there was also a nautical and spiritual thing happening.
|I liked the photo of the snake charmer.|
This was a huge piece of a whole circus. was all in one 'room' surrounded by glass on two sides.
Ross gave lots of nods to native people who obviously are a big part of New Mexico (and Western) history, past and present.
This whole building was the Tinkertown 'marina'. His wife's brother, who had sailed his boat around the world (there's a huge map noting the journey on one of the walls) donated his boat to Tinkertown. It is a classic wooden boat, with the interior lit up but only to peek through the ports.
Lots of wisdom bits scattered around.
Part of the doll collection. Many of these were donated to the museum by fans and supporters of the museum and Ross Ward.
|Probably one of my favorites|
|These are teeny tiny bottles|
|This was his studio but we couldn't go inside.|
Except by magic.
|A cool machine in the tools section|
|Well, of course they don't!!|
We'd spoken with the lady who sold us our tickets (for the whopping price of 3 dollars). She was 82, lively and funny, and had worked there for 20 plus years. She knew Mr. Ross well. "I miss him so much," she said, with that tone of voice any of us who miss someone very special in our lives know too well. She told us that when his Alzheimer's had stopped him in some of his work, his wife pointed him in the direction of his vehicle. That worked. Smart lady.
|Even the old washing machine got his touch|
|And one of my first crushes was there!|
|Another door I want to go through.|
I think I'll leave Whoopee Bowl Antiques for another day. Going through Tinkertown again was happily mind tiring, almost like the first time. Okay, not really like the first time but my mind is swirling. A man who, as a hobby, began this work and then continued it for 40 years out of love and passion and humor can be a life changer, whether he still is around to enjoy the enjoyment or not. Salud to Ross Ward, his family and friends who made magic and keep it going!
His daughter Tanya wrote a book called Leaving Tinkertown, if you are interested (and I am) about her father.