Fri, 16 June 2023
OFI 1744: The Deepest Of Devotions To Farming | John Schomburg | Rover Farms Scale Modeling And Ag Equipment Photography
Agriculture is unique in that it creates a passion and devotion in people unrivaled by any other careers that come to mind. I often quip that only actors, artists and musicians will work a second job just so they can work the first, but farmers will do it too. So many of them will work a full time job in the city just so they have the opportunity to farm. That is what this show is all about.
John Schomburg has this same devotion to farming, but he demonstrates it a little bit differently. John builds scale models of farm equipment and farming scenes, and he photographs farm equipment to capture its legacy before it is no longer seen on farms. And, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
In today's interview John talks about how he got started building models of farming equipment, why he has file cabinets full of old farm equipment catalogs, why he takes photographs if farms and farm equipment all over Wisconsin and how this all came together for him to win the National Farm Toy Show in 2005, 2012 and 2015. He even takes us on a tour of his studio and expresses his deepest feelings over the realization that his families farming legacy ends with him.