Rust Never Sleeps for Lunenburg Metal Artist

August 22, 2018

A close-up of the first piece Kevin Boussom made that now sits in his front yard. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE photos /JOHN LOVE Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

LUNENBURG -- A decorative sewing machine. Rusted rakes. An old air vent.

Where some people see junk, Kevin Boussom sees the body of a critter, claws, and other parts of metal sculptures waiting to come to life.

“I just need to find the right pieces or else I can’t make the right thing,” the 18-year-old said.

Boussom, a Lunenburg High School graduate, has turned his home into a studio to weld metal antiques and scrap metal into sculptures.

On Tuesday morning, he worked on new piece in the garage: a four-legged critter with an old washboard for a body and drill bits for legs. Sparks flew as he attached a hose knob as one of the sculpture’s eyes.

To help gather more metal for the pieces, Boussom’s mother posted in a town Facebook group earlier in the month that he was looking for more material. Many people responded and Boussom has been around town to pick up items from houses.

“I really didn’t expect this big of a reaction to this,” he said.

His first sculpture, which he completed two years ago, is a spider with circular saw blades for eyes.

“It’s helpful when I tell people where I live,” Boussom said. “It’s the house with the spider in the front yard.”

The second piece he made a few months ago was for the Drawbridge Theater’s Enchanted Garden.

Boussom hopes to make more sculptures for the front yard and find time on the weekends to continue with his art once he starts at Fitchburg State University in a few weeks.

He would consider selling or giving away some of his sculptures. Boussom was invited to the Lunenburg Community Market’s Makers’ fair on Sept. 16 and will have a booth to showcase his work.

An interest in antiques led him to metal sculpting.

When buying and collecting items, Boussom looked for rusted metal and interesting shapes. It got him thinking creatively about how he could repurpose them, Boussom said.

His father taught him how to weld. Since learning, Boussom has been improving through trial and error.

Working with rusted items can be difficult because you need a clamp to have contact with the bare metal, he said.

In the backyard, he has a menagerie of metal items, including a fire pit, air vent, muffler, wagon rims, and a scooter body that could become the parts of his next art piece.

Boussom said he converted an outside shed into storage for some of his antiques after he ran out of space inside.

In addition to metal work, he is interested in other creative and hands-on activities.

Boussom, who will study film at school, likes horror films and said he could see himself working behind the scenes or directing.

He has tried woodwork and enjoys mechanics. Boussom pointed out a red motorcycle in the garage that he is working on.

Other members of the family are also creative, he said.

Boussom grew up watching his father create wood pieces as a hobby. His uncle makes museum exhibits and his wife is an artist with a studio, he added.

“I guess it does run in the family,” Boussom said.

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