Note: This feature is in the October TF 2021 issue.
When Drake Schaben, a 14-year-old high school freshman from Roland, Iowa, toted a display to the Summer Farm Toy Show in Dyersville, Iowa, it was his first foray into that aspect of the hobby. While he didn't win an award, he's now inspired to do more, and to continue to pursue the farm toy hobby.
"I am, in the future, going to continue. I think this is going to be my main hobby," he says.
He's truly been bitten by the farm toy bug.
"Unfortunately, I'm not sure it's something I can cure. What am I talking about? Of course, not 'unfortunately.' I'm glad," he says with a laugh.
Drake has studied past farm toy displays, noting details and thinking about his own ideas.
"I've always loved seeing all these displays by other collectors and I said to myself, 'Hey, it would be amazing if I could do one myself," so I went out to the woodpile and got myself a wooden board and started painting."
The 3x4 display has an intricate story about a mid-July first-crop wheat harvest. "They usually do two crops per year of wheat, double-crop it," Drake says of the farm scene. "Across the road, you've got some people working on machines in the shop, getting them all ready for the planting and cultivating season. You've got the neighbor driving by, pulling a header cart with a header on there. The neighbor was harvesting and a rock went through the head and busted it up pretty bad, so they just ran to the dealership and got a rental until theirs could be fixed. That happens quite a lot out in the field."