Maurice Decker stands with some of his sculptures on display at the Bryan Bennett Library in Salem.
Raking in the Dough. The sculpture features a college graduate raking the dough at a pizza shop.
Maurice Decker used this old part to create a unique mechanical man.
Struting thier stuff. Two unique 'birds' made out of old shock absorbers. They are displayed next to a unique human structure.
Salem Man's Art Displayed at Bryan-BennettA Salem man who makes art out of things others would throw away has his sculpture exhibit on display at the Bryan-Bennett Library in Salem during the month of February.
Maurice Decker's collection include several dinosaurs taller than him to smaller items that are being displayed on the desk tops. He says usually the ideas for a piece of work just come to him without a lot of thinking.
"I put new struts on my van probably a month ago and when I took them off and threw them on the ground, I was looking at them and said, 'I don't know what I'm going to do with them.' So I made the 'Strutting your stuff" figure. I just get an idea and go with it. I try to put a little humor in everything I do, like this guy back here with a rake. Kids spend all this money getting a college diploma. They said they can get a diploma and rake in the dough. I didn't imagine they meant pizza dough," Decker said.
And there is a reason the materials used in Decker's artwork look used. "I usually have the materials on hand. Very seldom do I have to go out and get any materials because unfortunately for my wife, I'm a collector. I'm a recycler, I like to recycle," Decker said.
Decker has run a wood working business in Salem for 42 years after first deciding in grade school that's what he wanted to do in life. He says a stint in the carpenter shop while in the Navy got his ambition off the ground. Decker says he tried some other jobs before settling into wood working full time, but there was just too much time sitting behind a desk to suit him.
Decker was on hand Saturday to kick off the month long display of his art work.
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