In 2006, welding out in an old machine shed, Randy created his first critter, the ant. Now, as the story goes, AJ was not very impressed with the rock critter. Randy told AJ that he was going to take it to the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market. Wouldn’t you know it, within the first part of the morning, the ant was sold and orders were taken for more!

At this point, it is estimated that Randy and the crew have created over 4,500 ants. Our largest ant—weighing 900 pounds—sits in Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids. Amazingly, AJ’s impression of the rock critters has changed significantly!