Treasure can lurk in the junk pile

Duane Shelstad of Sylvan Lake, Alta., makes short work of a Versatile swather. | Mary MacArthur photo

CAMROSE, Alta. — There are always a few buried treasures to be found among the old machinery, tin cans and busted trailers scattered across the prairie landscape, says Tru Green scrap metal worker Jody Topley.

The former Saskatchewan farm kid and retired oilfield worker often spies treasures hidden in the grass during his work picking up metal.

He’s found old cream separators, an anvil, barn jack, forge blower, old oil cans and other antiques. At the end of the shift he takes his finds home and restores and displays them.

“I’m a hoarder,” Topley said while on a job site near Camrose.

Serhii Pavlusha and Jody Topley of Red Deer search through old outbuildings for bits of metal to toss onto the scrap metal heap while farm owner Joe Liebl looks on. | Mary MacArthur photo

Joe Liebl had hired the company to clean the metal from his farmyard.

“It makes it easier for me,” said Liebl.

While the job will only be small, excavator operator Duane Shelstad said they have cleaned more than 200 tonnes of metal from some farmyards.

An old International seed drill is demolished. | Mary MacArthur photo
There is little left of an International seeder before it is tossed into the dumpster. | Mary MacArthur photo


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