Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Toilet Seat Museum

His name is Barney Smith. He is 85 years old. He lives in Alamo Heights. And he has a garage that houses the almost 800 toilet lids he has decorated with his artistry for the past 35 years.

The Express-News has the story.

Smith started the project when he was looking for a mount for deer antlers and found the idea of tacking junk to a toilet cover interesting. Since then, he's crafted designs on hundreds of seats (technically, they're lids) and hopes to get to No. 800 by the time he turns 86 next May.

He's also a celebrity of sorts. Smith, who dons a work apron in his museum and speaks with a Southern drawl, has shared his crafty creations on ABC's "The View" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

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