A father and son team created the first Yardbird over 25 years ago in Jamestown, Kentucky. The father spent most of his career making things out of metal, including farm gates and large satellite dishes. They began talking about all the things you could make with scrap materials and, after experimenting with things around their own home, the first Yardbird was born. People instantly loved them as much as they did, so they began creating Yardbirds full-time.
Now, Yardbirds are made in Louisville, KY. The studio tries to use overrun, discontinued, rejected, and scrap materials as much as possible. Some of the materials I use include garden tools, car parts, farm implements, bicycle parts, and mufflers. I think that Yardbirds are a great way to contribute to the good of the environment. They save rejected metal parts from ending up in a landfill and they beautify homes and yards everywhere.
We are very proud to say that all Yardbirds are proudly handcrafted in Kentucky. Each Yardbird is unique, whimsical, and guaranteed to bring pleasure to its owner. A Yardbird is a great conversation piece. Many people have fun identifying the parts the artist cleverly use to make them and they marvel at the way a simple tilt of a head can give a sculpture so much personality. Many Yardbirds are even claimed as part of the family.
These Kentucky- made metal junkyard dogs and cats naturally rust with age. If kept indoors, treat them with a clear acrylic enamel spray, like Krylon or Rustoleum.