You never know what you will find in your own backyard. An Edmond man calls his recent find Nature's true art. In his 73 years, he never would have imagined he'd see anything like it.
Welder, lumberjack, and collector, Gary Haskins has had just about every title imaginable. But no title could prepare Haskins for his latest treasure.
"There're two things in a man's life when he's interested in classics. A good barn find and a rare piece of art," said Gary Haskins.
Gary Haskins already had his good barn find.
"There's a '51 Ford," Haskins said.
Now all he needed was that rare piece of art.
"I'd seen it once and then I went back to take another look at it and then it struck me...Wow," said Haskins.
That double take was needed because Haskins' mind couldn't pedal fast enough.
"This is without a doubt one of the most strangest things," said Haskins.
What Haskins found was what we're calling a Bike Tree, a Schwinn bicycle fully engulfed by a tree.
"I was overwhelmed with what mother nature had created," Haskins said.
From the pedals, to the gears, and even the seat tube all in the tree stump, which to Haskins is a true masterpiece.
"When I see a toilet on a wall in New York city, I can't handle that. To me, this is nature's true art," Haskins said.
After cutting down trees for over 50 years, it didn't take Gary long to determine this bike tree is at least 50-60 years old.
"It probably weighs 150-200 pounds," Haskins said.
We decided to double check Haskins' estimate, and according to two separate bicycle websites and the serial number which is still legible on the bike, Haskins' Schwinn dates back anywhere between March 18-27th of 1953.
"Is this your treasure? Yeah.. mine and whoever wants to own it," Haskins said.
Haskins now wants to sell his recent find, hoping one man's trash could be two men's treasure.
You can contact Haskins at (405)-340-9183.