Rod Swanson: Metal Hobbyist and Craftsman

Rod Swanson in his workroom.

When we stopped in Perham, Minnesota for lunch with our friend Jana, she took us out to see her father’s tractors.  When she first mentioned it, I thought she meant he collected and restored tractors.

Rod, a retired railroad employee, takes raw metal bars and makes models of tractors.  He has made roughly 160 tractors [and a few trucks and cars].

We are always grateful when we come upon unexpected and often unheralded craftsmanship.  I wonder how many other such craftsmen we pass as we wander down the road.

Click on photos to enlarge.

Date of our visit: 11 September 2018


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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5 Responses to Rod Swanson: Metal Hobbyist and Craftsman

  1. Always fun to see what people come up with for hobbies, Ray. The tractor business looks like a labor of love. Kind of like doing a blog. 🙂 –Curt

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  2. ralietravels says:

    Jana tells me Rod worked on road construction for Northern Improvement. I guess I “heard” Northern Pacific.


  3. Rosemary Lakin says:

    What a wonderful way to spend time retired. Commemorating craftsmanship of our forbears

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  4. He is amazingly gifted. Such great tractors!

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