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Charlie Lucas, the Tin Man

To a lot of folks this stuff is just junk, but don't tell that to Charlie Lucas.

"I walk out in the world and just pick up scraps and people say you don't have to do that anymore, there's places you can get food, here's $20, I just laugh, put some gas in my truck, go to McDonalds and get back on my journey," says Lucas.

That journey started generations ago.

"My great grandfather, I studied with him as a blacksmith, my grandaddy, a basketweaver, mom a quilt maker, so everything they taught me, my dad was a mechanic, i mixed it all up," says Lucas.

And it shines, and spins like art you've never seen before.

"It took me a year to collect all the pieces, then the pieces tell me what they want to be," says Lucas.

They don't just have names. They have stories too.

"This is a guy who's riding a bicycle he's cross eyed becasue he's looking in more than one direction, he's changing things but holding onto the pureness of himself," says Lucas.

For someone on the outside, it may appear life is rough for Charlie Lucas, not even close. It may be just junk and scraps of metal to some, but this tin man is all heart. To him they're little pieces of gold just waiting to take shape.

"I see so much beauty in scrap things, oh my goodness, it's like a flower bed growing every day of my life," says Lucas.

Lucas says his goal is to use his art to bring the community together and make it more family oriented. He often travels to local schools to show kids how one man's trash can truly turn out like a treasure.

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