Kanga Downs' welding wonderland

28 Oct, 2012 01:00 AM
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 A side hobby for Ray Arnold is making use of the scrap metal around the farm and welding unique artistic peices which are well known landmarks in the Esperance area. He is pictured with his iconic 'mail box' at Kanga Downs.
A side hobby for Ray Arnold is making use of the scrap metal around the farm and welding unique artistic peices which are well known landmarks in the Esperance area. He is pictured with his iconic 'mail box' at Kanga Downs.

THE season is looking pretty good for Esperance farmers Ray and Bonnie and Damon Arnold, Kanga Downs.

The Arnolds are 100 per cent crop farmers now having gone out of sheep about five years ago.

"We wanted to simplify our operation and didn't want to have to worry about chasing flies, maintaining a flock and generally putting a lot of manual labour into something we didn't really enjoy," Ray said.

"With my son becoming more and more involved in farming management we decided to make life simple and do what we did best to the best of our ability."

Now, the Arnolds continuously crop their 2500 hectare property with the breakdown of one third canola, one third barley and one third wheat.

While cropping is the family's bread and butter, getting creative with the welding machine has become something that Ray is now well renowned for in the area.

What started as a bit of a rainy day project has become quite a landmark in the district with those travelling down the Cascade road sure to recognise the turn off sign to the Arnold's property which is a machine gun-wielding kangaroo atop a tractor.

This masterpiece was made entirely out of scrap metal Ray found around his property and was the first 'project' he found himself welding together in his time between seeding, spraying and all the other cropping activities.

Since then he has made his post box out of items such as culvert pipe and scarifier points and well as 'guard dog' on the road leading up the house complete with reflector light eyes.

If you're in the Esperance district then keep an eye out for one of Ray's welding masterpieces!

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Ted Goddard
6/08/2013 8:13:43 PM, on Farm Weekly

Ray & Family, My Wife & I passed your fantastic Drag Tractor on a WA driving trip in 2008 . Over the following years I have sent this image to many of my Petrol Head friends all over the world . We really love your imagination & Petrol Head attitude. My accelerator pedal has a sign on it -- NOW-

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