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Here is a collection of funky, folky robots made from a whimsical assortment of found objects. They are by Pennsylvania folk artist Kent Greenbaum, initialed and sometimes dated. These were made in the 21st c. from older parts. Each one is named and numbered, with its own personality. They are priced individually, with a discount for a group.

Robot from found objectsThe first robot is labeled "R92 Host" and dated 6/03. It has a round wooden head crowned by toothpick spikes through a metal sink strainer helmet. Its chest is labeled "Comfortair". The right arm is moveable, the left is labeled "Westinghouse". The legs are screws, springs, and wooden beads, mounted on a wooden base. There is a whistle attached to its back. It stands 13" high by 5" wide by about 3" deep. Some of the toothpicks are replaced, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CKCW.   Robot made from found objects ... Front view, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below.

Robot from found objectsThis white robot is "R126 PAK". It has six arms made from coiled metal that can be moved and bent into almost any position. Two of the arms have large fishhooks dangling from the ends. Its head is made from an electrical fitting. The chest is decorated with costume jewelry and a metal insignia that reads "Ever Forward". The base is unpainted wood. It is 10 1/4" high by approximately 10" wide by about 5" deep, depending on how you position the arms. The condition is excellent. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CKHC.   White robot with six arms, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below.

Robot from found objectsThis is "RN5 ZAP", with a red wood and gray metal body and a reflector on its head. The arms are coiled metal that can be moved and bent into almost any position. The chest has copper wiring, a small light bulb, and a metal insignia that reads "Let's Go". The base is unpainted wood. It is 8 3/4" high by about 7" wide by about 5" deep, depending on how you position the arms. The condition is excellent. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CKHP.   Red and silver robot ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Robot from found objectsThis blue robot is "R21 Conducta". It has something of a fishing theme, with a cork head that swivels, moveable arms made from fishing lures, and a box with fish hooks. There is a metal insignia on its chest that reads "Conducta" with scales of justice and crossed spears. The base is a box of playing cards. It is 9" high by 4" wide by about 4" deep depending on where the arms are positioned. The condition is excellent. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CKCR.   Blue robot, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... A third view ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below.

Robot from found objectsThis green robot is "R19 Capper". Its arms are bottle openers, one marked "Pabst Blue Ribbon", the other "Ortlieb's Premium Beer". The head is topped with a fishing reel crank. The chest has a red knob marked "Clear", a piece of costume jewelry, and a metal insignia with a plane inside stylized wings. The base is unpainted wood. It stands 10" high by 2 3/4" by 2 3/4", in excellent condition. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CKHA.   Green robot ... Front view, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below.

Robot from found objectsThis red robot is "R39 Prop". It has a propeller on its back that spins, a sliding metal latch on front, and moveable arms. Electrical wire makes a halo around its head. The base is a box of cards. It is 8 1/2" high by 3 1/2" wide by about 3" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CKCK.   Red robot ... Front view, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below.

Robot from found objectsThis black robot is "R15 Turbiac". Both arms are moveable and the brass head turns. There is an "AMVETS American Veterans of World War II" medallion on its chest. The base is made from four wooden blocks glued to a square of corrugated cardboard. The size is 10 1/2" high by 4" wide by about 5" deep. It is in excellent condition. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CKHS.   Black robot, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below.

Robot from found objectsThis blue robot is "RN9 Coil". There is a heavy copper coil and a metal insignia marked "United States Army Communications Command" on its chest. The arms are moveable, and the legs are also coils. The base is unpainted wood. It is 9 1/2" high by 2 5/8" wide by about 5" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CKHT.   Blue robot ... Front view, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view.

Robot from found objectsThis yellow robot is "R16 Spotter". The arms are drawing compasses with sharp points. There is a metal military insignia on its chest. It is mounted on a box of "Scorpio" playing cards. The height is 9 1/2" by 3 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CKCO.   Yellow robot ... Front view, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below.


Found objects robot
Featured Sale

A large folk art robot made from found objects, including cans, spoons, a bucket, bottle caps, a funnel, and other objects. It is in very good, used condition, probably from the 1950's or 60's. It is about 38" high by 17" wide by 10" deep.

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Some previous "Most recent additions" still available:

Benny Carter birdhouseThis is a red, white, and blue birdhouse by Benny Carter. It is painted with American flags and lots of inscriptions, including "Welcome", "God Bless The Old U.S", "Go Panthers All American Football Team Charlotte, N.C.", "God Bless America & Old Poor Folk Artist" and more. It is also signed several times. The house is wood, with a shingle roof and a wire for hanging. It is 11" tall by 7 1/2" wide by 7" deep, in very good, used and weathered condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CRTO.   Benny Carter birdhouse ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Back view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Carved stone polar bearThis is a carved stone polar bear from a collection of Alaskan folk art. It is carved from green stone, polished very smooth. The size is about 8" long by 4 3/4" high by 3 1/4" wide. The condition is very good, with a few minor scratches. It is signed on the bottom "Chupak, Juneau, AK", and has a catalog number painted on the bottom of one foot. We found a bio of the artist here (page down to Chupak). The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CKAW.   Carved stone polar bear ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... From above ... Back view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... With the other two bears.

Carved stone polar bearThe second polar bear from the collection of Alaskan folk art is carved from white and gray stone, with painted eyes. It measures 7" long by 3 1/2" high by about 3 1/2" wide, in excellent condition. It is unsigned, with a painted catalog number on the bottom that is partly worn off. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CKAO.   Carved stone polar bear ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... With the other two bears.

Carved stone polar bearThe third and smallest polar bear from the collection of Alaskan folk art is carved from black stone with lighter veins. Its facial features are carved in more detail than the other two bears. It is in very good condition with a chip on the tip of one ear. The size is 4 3/4" long by 2 1/2" high by about 2" wide. It is unsigned, and has a partly worn catalog number painted on the bottom. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CKAR.   Carved stone polar bear ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... From above ... From below ... With the other two bears.

Australian aboriginal painting by Suzy Watson NangalaThis is a fine dot painting by the Australian Aboriginal artist Susy Watson Nangala. It is on unstretched canvas and is dated 2015. The overall size of the canvas is approximately 16" by 16", while the image is about 12" by 12". It is in excellent condition and will ship rolled. Susy Watson Nangala has been painting since 2000, and her mother is a well-known artist. You can read more about her life and work here. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CRHO.   Painting by Suzy Watson Nangala ... Closeup of the image ... Closer view, one half ... Closer view, other half ... Back view ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Australian aboriginal painting by Kim Butler NapurrulaThis is a fine dot painting by the Australian Aboriginal artist Kim Butler Napurrula (1971 - 2016). It is on unstretched canvas and is dated 2015. The overall size of the canvas is approximately 16" by 16", while the image is about 13" by 13". It is in excellent condition with creases on the edges where it was formerly mounted, and will ship rolled.

Kim Butler Napurrula had strong cultural roots that she expressed in her paintings. Her father was a very influential figure in Aboriginal art. You can read more about her here and here. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CRHR.   Painting by Kim Butler Napurrula ... Closeup of the image ... Back view ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Sketch by Lewis SmithThis is a framed drawing of a muscle woman with two caricature figures by Lewis Smith. It is done in pencil, ink, colored marker, and crayon on paper from a sketch pad. The paper has yellowed somewhat with age and there is a faint crease in the lower right corner. The sketch pad was pierced through, so there is a small hole on the left edge. It is mounted in a green wooden frame. The sketch itself measures 11 3/4" wide by 8 3/4" high, and the frame is 16 1/2" by 13 1/2". It is from the last quarter of the 20th c. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: LS238.   Sketch by Lewis Smith ... In the frame ... Back.

Carving by Russell GillespieThis is an assemblage of carved figures by Russell Gillespie. There is a person, a bird, a turtle, and two possums. They are carved from burls, branches, and wood, mounted on a large root base with dried moss. It measures about 28 1/2" wide by 14" high by 10" deep. There is some loss to the smaller branches that form "trees" between the figures. The bird is loose on the base, and the turtle has broken off the base and just sits in place. The price is $1150.00. Inventory Code: CKOW.   Carving by Russell Gillespie ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... The turtle ... Another view of the turtle ... The bird ... The man ... Closeup from the side ... Closeup from the back ... Second view from the back ... Third view from the back ... The turtle, from below ... With a soda can for scale.

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