A resident of the facility, Reineking has dabbled in a little bit of everything as far as his career — from a plant worker to a truck driver, from a farmer to a rural mail carrier.
“I’ve always had to keep busy,” explained Reineking, and following a car accident that took part of his eyesight, he decided to concentrate his time to detail wooden models.
What is unique about these models is that he, at one time or another, has either operated or driven the full-scale version.
“I’ve always loved working with wood to make furniture, but since moving to the Misty Meadows and after my accident, I’ve had to scale it back to smaller things.”
Each model is handcrafted and hand painted to the scaled likeness of the machinery.
“Some of them I have purchased blueprints, while others I have sketched out with a pencil and paper,” said Reineking.
All the models have moving parts, from the crane to the John Deere combine, and every piece is made completely from wood, including the tracks on the backhoe.
The irrigation rig also has a flexible hose that works.
“Since I retired, I work on the models when I feel like it because it certainly takes patience” explained Reineking. “When the weather is cold and, like this winter when we’ve had so much snow and ice which has kept me inside, it means I have more time to work.”
The models that were on display at Misty Meadows last month now belong to Reineking’s grandsons, who Reineking hopes one day will be passed down to their children.