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Angie, 40-something Salvaged Materials Artist

Hi there! I’m Angie Gastel, the creative mind behind Junkyard Farmgirl. I create art from salvaged materials, mainly barn scraps and metal castoffs of agricultural origin, and I can’t drive by a broken chair laying on the roadside without “rescuing it.” I’ve curated an assortment of DIY projects for a wide age range at my studio on the historic Lamar square (open Wednesday-Saturday) and I teach metal art classes at my homestead workshop by appointment. My soul jam is using my plasma cutter to customize metal items for guests right there on the spot. The best places to catch me doing that are occasional events at my studio in Lamar Missouri and in Branson Missouri at Silver Dollar City’s Harvest Festival (Sept. 13-Oct. 26, 2024).

What services do I offer?

Custom Orders

I create custom orders for folks all the time. We work together to design your piece, and after the details are laid out and a deposit is put down, I get started. I require 3 weeks lead time before delivery.

Metal Workshops

I teach others how to weld, use a plasma cutter, operate wood shop tools, solder, weave, quilt, and a lot of other fun trades. My standard metal workshop is a 4-hour course for $160, during which you learn to cut and weld metal to create the art piece of your choice. Half the fun is digging through my junk stash to find your parts and pieces to make your project. I offer private time slots for all the other handcrafts as well.

Makers' Thursday

On Thursday nights at my studio, I host free time for working on non-metals crafting projects. It’s a great time hanging out with other creators. Some of us crochet, embroider, quilt, woodcraft, design stencils on the computer, make stained glass, make wooden signs, repair and paint furniture….the list goes on…and if we haven’t tried it yet, we’re all about jumping in headfirst. The tools you need to work on your project are probably right there at hand in my studio, and we always have snacks laid out on Thursday evenings to fuel an evening of creating.

Junk Shop

The studio is full of all sorts of cool junk for creating, art in progress, finished art pieces, a few of my collections, and lots of history. We’re Open for business Wednesday from 1pm-9pm, Thursday 10-5, Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-2.

Metal always on hand
Tiny wood quilts

Funky junk


Bits and pieces for art

Sorted keys
BZ, homestead shopcat
Warm winter days outdoors
Studio shopcat Bobbi

I love recycling and reusing! I’m carrying on my family’s heritage of frugality, ingenuity and straight-up pioneer spirit by creating with my mom, Jeannie Gastel, and teaching my daughters the principals that fuel our fire for creating. Mom is my best friend and the girls love being in the metal shop and the studio with us.

Silver Dollar City Harvest Festival Craftsman of the Year 2023

Creek, 13, making rope with kids at SDC.

Cale, 7, with a paper-pieced quilt block she just made. Creek is on the left.


I empower others by helping them find their wilder creative side. I inspire them to think outside the box and use their hands and hearts to learn new skills that will enrich their lives.