Maine woman drawing rave reviews for art made from moose poop
SOMERVILLE, Maine (AP) - A Maine woman is making art and other knickknacks with moose droppings she collects near her home.
Mary Winchenbach and her company Tirdy Works gained national attention this week when a video of her selling her keychains and clocks with clumps of moose poop at Maine's Common Ground Country Fair went viral.
The video has more than 1.5 million views and the 57-year-old Winchenbach says she has gotten requests from people all over the country to get the unusual items shipped to their homes.
Since the video went viral, she's done local and national interviews and she says business has been booming.
She makes earrings, dangling people she calls "fecal people," ornaments, and even what she calls is a "poo poo clock."
Winchenbach says she collects the poop in her backyard in Somerville. Then, it is dried and painted with a coating to make it safe. "The turds are all local. We just go out and track the moose and wherever the Moose are there going to take a crap and I have found that when I moose takes a dump you walk about 50 yards in any direction and they take another dump," she told WAVI.
She started the business because she had "too much time on my hands," and she loves to make people laugh. "Let me know what you need for turds I ship s**t everywhere," she says.