Idea 31: Show and Tell, fantasy buildings and people

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Crafty Time

By Dave Pierik, Shelton-Mason County Journal

Show and Tell

Today is my birthday. So to celebrate, I have three birthday wishes, in three parts! 1. I would love to show off my daughter, Bella Wilson’s buildings! 2. I’m telling you more about my process from concept to creation! 3. I painted up some Happy Tree citizens, and I have some stories to tell about them!

Tools: ruler, scissors, paint brushes.

Materials: cardboard, masking tape, white glue, paint.

Cost: about $1-$3 including paint and glue   Time: two to four hours or more of fun!

Buildings

PART ONE – Bella handcrafted these 1/35 scale (1”=5’) fantasy-themed structures from flat cardboard, cardboard cylinders (Pringles® cans), and lids.

Inn

For this look, combine round and flat shapes with select details such as beads for the detail above the door. The villager figures are from Reaper Miniatures of Texas and are sold unpainted – they are very fun to paint!

Barrels

A larger base allows room for details. Bella made the barrels from cork, and glued string around them before painting. The box is cardboard, painted to look like wood.

Inn roof

A milk pull for a roof vent and some interesting lids give this roof a magical look. Bits of craft foliage add detail. A black base coat of paint with light grey and silver highlights completes the effect.

Hut

A short Pringles® can is the base for this delightful hut. Single-layer cardboard with some test-fitting, cutting, bending and masking tape make the roof. Bella is an expert painter!

Hut roof

Base coats, washes and top-coats of paint bring out texture and detail. A bit of crafting grass flock adds natural looking moss for a final touch.

Cottage

This cozy cottage features a curved awning, round windows, and flowerbeds. It is made entirely of cardboard, except for the two craft sticks that reinforce the roof.

Cottage roof

After test fitting and gluing an angle-footed, open-topped small box, she cut and glued random rock shapes to the sides. After painting, glue is brushed on, and then flocked with fine dark sand for the soot.

Cottage door

For the door, Bella measured, marked and cut a piece of thin cardboard and glued it in place. The doorknob is cut from a round toothpick, and painted silver. The awning and flowerbox are cardboard.

Process – observatory

PART TWO – I don’t consider myself to be a good artist. That said, I often make quick sketches for Crafty Time ideas. I start by looking at a lot of pictures of things I might make, blank my mind then draw quick ideas and notes.

Process – amphitheater

This is an idea for an amphitheater, probably a future Crafty Time in one or two parts. I picture a stage with a “shell” that’s also three screens, and outdoor bleachers with aisles and steps. I’m kicking it around.

Process – planetarium

About as much as I have on this is that the dome should be larger than the observatory’s, which is 3” across. So, probably a 5” dome and another inch or so of building. Also, it shouldn’t look like a dog bowl.

Materials – planetarium

Oatmeal containers are a favorite of mine, because they have a nice shape and size and are easy to craft. It’s best to plan and gather everything you need before you start a project, so you can keep going.

Imagining a community

Happy Tree Times, the newspaper of my imaginary village, got me thinking. Who are these people? What do they do? So, I wrote up a mock issue. You can pick one up at the Journal office for 25 cents.

Crafty list

I’m always making lists for Crafty Time, because first, I don’t want to repeat buildings. Second, I want to show you new techniques. Also, my point of view from Happy Tree’s perspective gives me ideas.

People

PART THREE – Hot Wheels® scale cars are 1/64 scale, about 3/8” =5’. Bella bought me a pack of 100 unpainted people for the holidays, to match this scale. Thank you!

Clear basing

They don’t stand on their own, so they’ll need to be glued to bases. I tried popsicle sticks but they don’t look right. Firm clear plastic from packaging works great though. They’re small, so groups of 2-4 work.

Color

At this scale, small detail is difficult to achieve. Base coat figures in white, then carefully paint each color with a fine detail brush. Use a darker paint wash to bring out low areas, and dry brush to pick out elevated details.

Happy Tree citizens

After weeks of completed Crafty Time buildings and projects, these people have plenty of places to go and things to do!

Crafty Time and You

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Idea 30: Observatory

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Crafty Time

By Dave Pierik, Shelton-Mason County Journal

Observatory

From Happy Tree Observatory, astronomers study planets, moons, stars, nebulae, galaxies and comets.

Tools: compass, ruler, scissors, paint brushes, marker. Optional: craft knife or old steak knife

Materials: 2” craft ball, mason jar ring, oat milk lid, Pringles® can, straw, cardboard, flat toothpicks, masking tape, white glue, baking soda, paint. Optional: rubberized craft foam sheet

Cost: about $1-$3 including paint and glue   Time: two to four hours or so

1. Entry level

Measure Pringles® can, 2” height from bottom. Mark in several places. Follow marks with masking tape. Carefully cut along the edge. Test fit regular mason jar ring oat milk lid (inverted) and craft ball.

2. Telescope dome

Keeping the ball intact, wrap the craft foam halfway around and mark it. Cut two lengths, ¼” wide, to that mark. Glue the two parallel strips halfway around the ball. Hold in place with masking tape and set aside to dry.

3. Walkway & doors

Trace the bottom of the can over cardboard. Measure 2 ½” and mark, then use compass to mark a 5” circle, so there is a circle in a circle. Glue the pieces together. For doors, measure a 1 ½” wide x 1 3/4” tall rectangle; mark a line down the middle. Use compass to mark top curve and craft knife to score the middle. Bend to fit, glue in place. Cut toothpicks and glue on for door handles.

4. Paint

Add 50% white glue to white paint to prime everything. Let dry. You can add more glue and dust with baking soda to fill small gaps; just blow any excess away. Paint the telescope and opening black, and water down black to bring out detail, then drybrush white. Paint the door blue. Paint the door handles, dome opening, and telescope highlight silver, and the sidewalk grey, with tan details.

5. Happy Tree Observatory

The Happy Tree Astronomy Club meets at night, unless it’s too cloudy.

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What’s up?
The Happy Tree Astronomy Club recently upgraded the old observatory.
“It was upgrade, or rebuild. We didn’t have the budget to start over,” said Carol Diggens-Starr, club president. The club meets for stargazing at 10pm each new moon, unless it’s too cloudy.
–Happy Tree Times

Idea 29: Construction Site

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Crafty Time

By Dave Pierik, Shelton-Mason County Journal

Construction

New construction vehicles are clean and shiny, but at work, they show a lot of grit! Weathering is fun and easy to do. Let’s create a construction site!

Tools: ruler, scissors, paint brushes, fine black marker

Materials: construction vehicles, cardboard, school glue, flat toothpicks, sand, acrylic paint. Optional: old dry white or grey paint from a palette

Cost: about $3-$10 including vehicles, paint and glue   Time: two to four hours or so

1. Barricades

Measure and cut eight cardboard rectangles, each 1” wide x ¼” tall. Trim 16 flat toothpicks to 1 ¼” length for legs, and eight to ½” for side supports. Place cardboard flat and glue legs to the sides. Allow to dry, and then glue the tops and sides. From the side view, they make the letter “A.” Prime in white, then grey legs, orange sign. Let dry, then use a black marker for stripes.

2. Site

Add layers of glue and sand to cardboard, and paint black. Let dry. Add more glue, sand and bits of dry white and grey paint from an old palette, for the look of asphalt and broken concrete. Lightly paint highlights of brown and tan for dirt and tire tracks. For the port-a-potty, paint a cardboard box, ¾” on each side and 1 ½” tall then add detail with a marker.

3. Paint wash

Mix black and brown paint with water and a bit of white glue, and work it in to all of the low spots on each item you are weathering. Let it dry a bit, then dab off the excess with a paper towel.

4. Highlights

Starting with a dry brush and light tan paint, dab some of the excess paint moisture into a newspaper or paper towel. Then, brush over the high spots of each figure to bring out more detail. This is known as drybrushing. Pick out the highest spots with a few touches of white paint.

5. Happy Tree Road Dept.

The crew is hard at work on something. What could it be? We’ll have to wait until another time…

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Road building progress
Work on the Match Wheel Bypass continues. Completion is targeted for two months from now, weather permitting. “We’re ahead of schedule now,” said Bob Joeman, foreman. In the meantime, expect delays.
–Happy Tree Times

Projects Review

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Crafty Time

By Dave Pierik, Shelton-Mason County Journal

Projects Review

In 2020, Crafty Time tutorials made Happy Tree Village, one thing at a time. Along the way, we’ve built fine scale modeling skills. It’s fun, safe and very affordable! All you basically need is cardboard, scissors, glue, tape, paint… and your imagination!

Idea  1 – Buildings

April 9, 2020 we made our first basic buildings from cardboard. Roads and trees followed, April 23rd and 30th.

Idea  4 – Bridge

This bridge used wooden clothespins, cardboard and Styrofoam. It ran in the Journal May 7. The pond and stream followed in the May 14th edition.

Idea 6 – Castle

The stained glass is made from window envelopes. This ran May 28, 2020.

Idea 7 and 8 – Cosmic Drive-In

Craft sticks, a bamboo skewer, a drink lid and candy packaging were incorporated in this over the June 4 and June 11 editions.

Idea 9 – Fishing

Corrugated cardboard made a tin roof for Happy Tree’s bait shop June 18th.

Idea 10 – Park

Getting outside is important. This multi-part project included trails, play equipment and streetlights June 25th.

Idea 11 – Picnic

An entire Crafty Time tutorial was committed to making picnic tables for outdoor dining, using craft sticks. It ran July 2, right before Independence Day.

Idea 14 – Lighthouse

After making 2 kinds of fences July 9th, and a swing set July 16th, a Pringles® container and Styrofoam formed the core elements of this lighthouse.

Idea 15 – Footbridge

This “Welcome Walkway” gets the imagination going about Happy Tree’s community life. It ran August 6th.

Idea 16 and 17 – Businesses

Using time-saving templates, two city blocks went up in a jiffy August 13th and 20th. Vehicles are store-bought, Hot Wheels® scale.

Idea 18 – Full Service Gas Station

Gas-O-Saurus, including the sign art and mechanic’s creepers was scratch-built and included beads and straws. It ran September 3rd.

Idea 19 – Farm House

This beloved house from September 10th is a fan favorite. The crops were made from shreds of newspaper, beads and sand.

Idea 20 and 21 – Police and Fire

New toy vehicles inspired these. The fire station with fireman’s pole ran September 24th, and the justice center ran October 1st.

Idea 22 – Airport

This newspaper was the main component of the paper airplanes. Adding landing gear and a tower finished the look October 15th.

Idea 23 – Military Museum

For exhibits, the cheapest possible plastic soldier kit, plus paint was starting place for this. It ran November 5th.

Idea 24 – University

Happy Tree University (HTU) appeared November 19th, featuring concentric shapes.

Idea 25 – Church

Happy Tree Worship Center features a lot of stained glass, made from window envelopes. It ran December 3rd.

Idea 28 – Tunnel

Snow and lights were added December 10th, and hills December 23rd. This tunnel ran December 31st

Review – Happy Tree

The display at the Shelton-Mason County Journal is always changing. Here’s how it stands today. It’s on rotation now because it won’t all fit on the table! Look for more tutorials regularly in the Activities pages of this paper!

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Idea 28: Tunnel

Crafty Time

By Dave Pierik, Shelton-Mason County Journal

Tunnel

Happy Tree village is car, boat and plane-friendly. So, now for trains!

Tools: compass, ruler, scissors and (optional) an old steak knife, paint brushes

Materials: cardboard, newspaper, Styrofoam, school glue, masking tape, sand, acrylic paint

Time: two to four hours.

1. Mark

Mark and cut a clean piece of corrugated cardboard with two semi-circles 3” tall x 4” wide, allowing a 3 ¼” central area with ½” gaps and about 5” extra on each side to allow for the road or tracks on top. Allow 1” of width on each side of the tunnel, cut and fold.

2. Peel

Peel the top layer off of a piece of cardboard. These corrugated, wavy shapes are cool to work with and fun to paint. Bend and test fit this for the tunnel. Stuff the interior gap areas with wadded up newspaper. Glue in place.

3. Assemble

Carve and test-fit Styrofoam hills for each side. Glue each in place. Fill gaps with glue, sand and masking tape. Tip: if you have snacks, eat them now before you get paint on your fingers!

4. Paint

Work dark to light in natural and earth tones. The base coat is black and brown, middle coats are grey and dark green. Pick out the edges with the lightest colors, tan, light green and light grey. Use pure white last and sparingly for a few highlights.

5. Happy Tree Tunnel

Choo choo! Chugachugachugachuga…

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Idea 27: Hills

Crafty Time

By Dave Pierik, Shelton-Mason County Journal

Hills

Happy Tree village is kind of flat. That’s fine, but let’s make some hills.

Tools: scissors and (optional) an old steak knife, paint brushes.

Materials: cardboard, Styrofoam, school glue, masking tape, sand, acrylic paint.

Cost: mostly free but maybe $1 worth of glue, paint and masking tape.

Time: one to three hours.

1. Cut and glue

Mark and cut corrugated cardboard to each hill’s base size and shape. Cut or break Styrofoam to that size or smaller and glue it down. For taller hills, add extra layers of Styrofoam. Wrap the entire structure tightly with masking tape and set aside to dry.

2. Shape

With your fingers and/or an old steak knife, break and/or cut and carve the Styrofoam into the hill shapes you want. It makes a huge mess which honestly is part of the fun.

3. Sand

With an old brush, paint glue on areas desired, especially any seam lines or areas that don’t look natural yet. While the glue is wet, grab handfuls of sand and drop it on there. Gently shake off the excess. Let dry. You can also add a bit of sand to your black and brown paint/glue mix for the base coat.

4. Paint

Work dark to light in natural and earth tones. The base coat is black and brown, middle coats are grey and dark green. Pick out the edges with the lightest colors, tan, light green and light grey. Use pure white last and sparingly for a few highlights.

5. Happy hills

Now I’ve got more fun terrain for that 4×4 Santa brought me!

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Idea 26: Snow and lights

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Crafty Time

By Dave Pierik, Shelton-Mason County Journal

December in Happy Tree

We’ve imagined ourselves in another time and place, and created it one building at a time. For fun, let’s play and celebrate with snow and lights!

Tools: none.

Materials: Fiber fill (pillow stuffing), LED lights string(s) with batteries if needed. Optional: Some tape. Cost: about $10-20 total

Time: about an hour total.

1. Let it snow

Fiberfill or a similar pillow/stuffed animal fill can be pulled and shaped as you wish. Cotton balls or similar materials also work for this. Pinch small pieces between finger and thumb, and pull it gently apart until it creates gentle drifts. Place strategically throughout your setup, imagining where the snow would fall.

2. Plow the roads

Imagine Happy Tree as a community, and how people would respond to the snow. After thinking about this, I chose to remove the snow from the roads, which would have been plowed and also driven on. I also cleared most of the sidewalks and doorway entries for most of the buildings, as people would do.

3. Add lighting

Small LED lights come in strings on twin, thin wires. The lights shown are battery-powered but LEDs use very little power. The wires twist nicely around the streetlights from Idea 10: A Park (June 25, 2020 Shelton-Mason County Journal). Add tape to the bottom of the lamp bases to help keep them from tipping, and twist and bend light wires around the entire setup. Add extra strings of lights if needed.

4. Test and adjust

Look close, but also stand back to adjust lights and snow placement. Interior lights for the church and castle can be done separately with battery-powered tea lights. Note that LED lights do not produce heat, and that’s a very good thing. These buildings are made of cardboard, so even though they are protected somewhat by a layer of paint, be careful not to use hot lights or candles.

5. Snow all aglow

Happy Tree village looks great in the dark now. Each building plays a part, and the snow and lights really tie it all together. 

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Idea 25: Worship Center

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Crafty Time

By Dave Pierik, Shelton-Mason County Journal

Happy Tree Worship Center

Happy Tree’s citizens need a gathering place for prayer and life events. Here is a classic old country church with backlit stained glass effects. This is fun to make. Enjoy!

Tools: ruler & compass, scissors, paintbrushes, colorful permanent markers.

Materials: Old junk mail window envelopes, cardboard, school glue, masking tape, sand, baking soda, acrylic paints, four small round beads, battery-powered tea lights. Total cost: about $2

Time: about 8 to 12 hours total.

1. Stained glass prep

Using the clear plastic from some old junk mail window envelopes, fill all the space with colors and designs of your choice, saving the black for later. Once the ink is dry, carefully glue another clear piece over the top. Set aside.

2. Cut pieces

Mark and cut from cardboard: Steeple peak – mark four 2” x 3” rectangles, with 1” marks on the 2” side, cut 4 triangles. Steeple base sides: four 2” x 2 ½” pieces and one 2 1/8” x 2 1/8” base roof.  Three roof pieces 8” x 4”. Two front / back panels 7 ½”W x 6”H, mark 4” side heights and 2” in from L. to R., cut angles. Two side panels 7” x 4”. One base, 8” x 8”. Test fit & cut approx. 1” x 1½” windows & doors.

3. Pre-assemble & prime

Glue the steeple peak triangles to the steeple peak base roof. Use masking tape to hold it together until dry and set it aside. Glue the steeple base sides to the front of the building’s center roof. The building front back and sides go on the base. Reinforce glue lines with sand, and shake off the excess. Prime with white paint mixed with glue, adding a small amount of baking soda to help fill small gaps. Set aside to dry.

4. Glue & detail

Glue the inner frames of the windows, and carefully align and place each piece. Add masking tape until dry. Paint black outlines along color changes on the outside. Cut a hole in the bottom to allow access to tea lights. Glue the roof pieces and steeple together, then paint additional details. A wash of water with brown and black will bring out shadows. A drybrush with white brings out highlights.

5. Worship Center

Happy Tree Worship Center has cheery, inviting warmth to it. Depending on layout space and preferences, this building can be made smaller or larger by scaling the measurements in step 2. You could also create a sign that reads: “Bingo night Thursday, win a casserole.”

Mysterious light
When Happy Tree Worship Center custodian Joel Aplaums flipped on the lights to clean the floors Thursday night, he was greeted by a mysterious hum and blinding light.
“I put my hand over my eyes, it was so bright,” Aplaums said.
It turns out that the previous lights, which had been slowly dimming, had been replaced and a few more added the night before by volunteers.
The new lights have higher wattage.
But what about the strange humming sound?
“That’s still a mystery. It could involve the breaker,” Aplaums said.
–Happy Tree Times

Idea 24: Happy Tree University

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Crafty Time by Dave Pierik, Shelton-Mason County Journal

Happy Tree University

Mix round and rectangular concentric shapes for that institutional building look.

You will need:

Tools: ruler and marker, scissors, paintbrushes

Materials: cardboard including two sizes of cylinders with lids, masking tape, sand, school glue, ­­acrylic paints, toothpicks, straws.

Cost: about 75 cents worth of glue and paint. Time: about six hours total.

1. Measure and mark

Measure 2” of height on each of two different sizes of cardboard cylinder. Oatmeal containers work well. Mark in several places and carefully run masking tape all the way around so that you will get an even cut. Place ruler across container to make halfway marks, and mark those also with straight perpendicular lines.

2.  Cut cylinders

Carefully cut along the lines you made and the edge of the tape to get several 2” tall half-circles of cardboard of different sizes. Trace the shape they made on flat cardboard.

3. Cut cardboard

The base should be 8” to 9” along the back. For floors and roofs, add 1” to the sides and back of each semi-circle.  Measure and cut, then trace and cut 2 more of the larger shapes. Match wall section measurements to the floors. You will need lots of 1” x 2” rectangles for the sides and 1” squares for windows.

4. Assemble and glue

Stack, test fit and adjust parts. Glue along edges and add masking tape as you go, starting from the half-circle and adding edges. Once you’re happy with where it is, you can reinforce the glue with a bit of sand to add strength and texture and to help fill any gaps. Set aside to dry.

5. Repeat smaller

Repeat the above steps twice for the smaller shapes. Let dry.

6. Trace and place

The roof of the 2nd floor is the floor of the 3rd floor. Trace the smaller template so that it will be centered. 

7. Ground floor

Here is another view. Note that the ground floor is glued to the base. Once you have your shape, you can easily mark and cut wall sizes starting from that.

8. Stack up

Test fit and check angles, looking from different sides and down from the top to line up. Glue levels together and tape in place. Let dry.

9. Railing

Cut the lid of the oatmeal container to make a nice railing. It’s worth trying ideas like this and it worked out well in this example. For railing on the sides and back, cut and glue black straws along the edge.

10. Windows and doors

Windows are 1” square. Single doors are ¾” wide x 1.5” tall and double doors are 1.5” x 1.5” with rounded tops and a score down the middle. For windows and doors along the curved parts, bend the cardboard, paint glue on and place. Add masking tape and let dry.

11. Paint and details

Start painting, you will need more than one coat and some touching up. Cut toothpicks for door handles and glue in place. The back end of a brush can help adjust placement. Let dry before painting in metallic color of your choice.

12. Final touches

The HTU sign is from 2 layers of corrugated cardboard.

13. Happy Tree University

Happy Tree village now has a center for higher education. Who knows, maybe students at HTU are making Happy Tree villages of their own in those tiny classrooms!

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HTU lands helicopter
Happy Tree University’s land survey science department has been granted a surplus helicopter from HTTV Channel 3. The former traffic helicopter has been refitted with sophisticated surveying sensors and cameras.
“Regionally, this will help us learn more about our landscape. That knowledge will help everything from agriculture, to mining, to finding dinosaur bones,” said HTU President, Dr. Theopolis Brittel.
–Happy Tree Times

Idea 23: Happy Tree Military History Museum and Veteran’s Hall

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Crafty Time

By Dave Pierik, Shelton-Mason County Journal

Military History Museum

Each Veteran’s Day we honor the memory of those who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. So does our imaginary town of Happy Tree. Thank you for your service, Veterans.

Tools: ruler & marker, scissors, paintbrushes.

Materials: Inexpensive figures (soldier, plane and tank in this example), cardboard, school glue, masking tape, sand, large straws, acrylic paints, an egg carton, assorted lids, a small dipping cup, a poker chip (optional), and a plastic milk-pull.

1. Making history

For each figure, make a base to match by fitting lids for size. Glue each down and let dry. Radioman soldier base is a pill bottle lid, topped with a poker chip to add detail. Tank base is a pickle jar lid, topped with the small cup to add height. Plane base is a medium lid, topped with an egg carton cone. Prime each in white paint mixed with a bit of white glue. Let dry.

2. Museum setup

Cut two each of: floor and roof, 3 ½” x 5 ½”; front and back, 3” x 5”; sides 3” x 3”. Glue walls to the base, leaving extra space on the sides and front only. Measure and cut two doors, no larger than 1 ½” square – round the tops if desired. Cut entrance ramp to same width as door. Cut a straw to 3” lengths for the pillars. Cut 4 windows, each 1” square. Use masking tape to hold in place while glue dries. Roof is last.

3. Bronze and patina

Coat each figure with bronze or copper paint. Let dry. Add weathering using watered down green, brown and black paint, dabbing excess with a paper towel. Let dry.

4. Exhibit ready

Coat each base with grey, let dry and add depth using watered-down black, brown and green. Once everything is dry, test fit bases and figures again and glue together. Set aside and let dry. While they dry, add detail to the building such as gutters if desired, base coat it in grey and add the same weathering to the shadows. The door handles are from the ring of a milk pull.

5. Veteran’s Hall

Add glue to the building base and sprinkle with a bit of sand to add extra detail. The Happy Tree Military History Museum and Veteran’s Hall is brand new, but the weathering effects give it the illusion of having been there for decades. At least that’s the idea. Again, thank you Veterans!

For questions, tips and information please email dave@masoncounty.com with your feedback. Visit the Shelton-Mason County Journal office to see the display!

Heroes remembered
Sgt. Logan “Grits” Gristol wanted to bring his tank home after serving a heroic career in the U.S. Army. “No can do,” said his commander. Instead, a decommissioned vehicle was bronzed for the Happy Tree Veteran’s Military Museum. Other bronzed exhibits include a bronzed larger-than life sculpture of Radioman 1st Class Steve “Sparky” Whiggs, and a USAF fighter jet. –Happy Tree Times