Maine woman makes art from moose poop

Published: Sep. 26, 2018 at 9:44 PM EDT
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One person's trash is another's treasure.

There's a woman in Somerville that sells arts and crafts that she makes in her own home... that takes THAT saying to a whole new level.

And after becoming something of a viral sensation in the past few days following her stint at the Common Ground Fair... We had to pay her a visit.

There's a lot going on at her Somerville home...

There are two adults, three kids, more than 60 animals, some fish...

And a whole bunch ... of Moose turds..

Mary Winchenbach runs Tirdy Works...

Art work made from the stuff moose leave behind.

"Everyone takes a crap," said Mary. "Everyone goes to the bathroom so everyone can relate to that. The terms that I used to name these products are every day terms that people are used to hearing so I just kind of try to combine the two to come up with something halfway decent that's funny."

"For example the first off we make now instead of a cuckoo clock this is a Poopoo o'clock. We took them turds and we cram them in between the number there so there's one turdy - two turdy- three turdy," she explained.

Just one of many products she offers...

"Over here we make fecal people," she said displaying the figurines.

"And depending upon the shape of them middle turds right there we can do them with big boobs or guts or butts or long legs or short legs because there are no two turds that are ever alike."

"You ever seen two turds alike?" she asked.

"I guess not. No," we answered.

Mary says half the battle is getting her product, but to do that she doesn't have to travel far.

"The turds are all local," she said. "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."

It's a fairly simple and efficient business model...

"And when a moose takes a dump the old crap out between two and 400 turds every time they take a crap so I get five bucks a turd for these things so I get jump in right up-and-down. I get excited when I see a turd you know?"

Since going viral, she doesn't know what her next local stop will be... But, she's upping her game - with a new Tirdy Works Facebook page to peddle her poop.

"Get on there and all my turds are on that page with the prices and they can click on them and they can get to me let me know what you need for turds I ship $#^% everywhere."