Imagine a winning country trellis


Sadie Mather, 19, used her imagination with blacksmithing and has won a merit award on her country trellis. 
Review stories and photos byVerla Peichl Sadie Mather, 19, used her imagination with blacksmithing and has won a merit award on her country trellis. Review stories and photos byVerla Peichl There is no shortage of imagination for Sadie Mather, 19.

Her vision of what she wanted to accomplish in blacksmithing and making a garden trellis, has won her a merit award at the Sheboygan County Fair.

Mather, Cascade, is the daughter of John and Karen Mather and is a member of the Sheboygan County Wranglers 4-H Club.

This is her third year in blacksmithing but it’s her first merit award in that category.

“I needed to come up with a project and because I like to make things that are useful I wanted to make something for the garden,” said Mather.

“I drew up my own design but I had help from my leader, Dan Sippel.

“I started by getting out the tape measure and measured what size would be needed as a centerpiece in the garden,” said Mather.

“I then drew up the design with chalk on the concrete floor, in the swine barn here at the fairgrounds. That’s where the forges are set up, in the barn, for us to use for our projects.

“The total size is 7 by 4 feet but that includes the stakes, but after it’s in the ground it’s 6 feet by 4 feet,” said Mather. “It needs to be against a building for support. It’s not a standalone project.

“It’s all steel and I painted it in oilrubbed bronze when it was completed,” said Mather.

“I used the diamond pattern because I wanted something unique versus straight squares,” said Mather. “All the pieces were done separately and then they were welded together.

“There are hooks in the diamonds so you can hang hummingbird feeders, wind chimes or anything else you would want to put there for decoration,” said Mather.

“My Mom wanted to buy it from me or I should make another one for a Christmas present,” said Mather.

“I learned how to weld, and most of the welding I did by myself,” said Mather

“The judge was amazed and said I could make things to sell, and that it was a nice piece,” said Mather. “He wanted to know if I was going to college for design or something.

“It took me a total of 30 hours with designing and painting,” said Mather. “It has turned out better than I had anticipated.

“I’m hoping to build a forge and make projects to sell,” said Mather.


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