Guns2Gardens: Stonybrook Metal Arts Makes Garden Tools Through Gun Buyback Program

The Stonybrook Metal Arts & Sculpture School has given new life to guns handed in through gun buyback programs -- by making them into garden tools. This past August the tools hit the soil during the Egleston Square Association's Peace Garden cleanup. The tools were created through Guns2Gardens Massachusetts organization, co-founded by Jamaica Plain resident and novice blacksmith John Hayden, Director of Stonybrook Fine Arts (StonybrookMASS) Anne Sasser, and Co-Founder of Prospect Hill Forge Carl West. Hayden explained how the guns go from a buyback program and into the hands of blacksmiths.  After a gun owner brings a firearm to a gun buyback event or police station, police then supervise as skilled metalworkers disable the firearm by sawing it and crushing it into scrap. Then the metal and wood scrap is distributed by Guns2Gardens to artisanal blacksmiths and metalworking educators, said Hayden.


Video: Opossum, Fox, Raccoon, and More, Caught By JP Resident’s Backyard Cam

The other week we shared photos from a Jamaica Plain resident's trail cam by their compost pile. This week we bring you more photos and a video from a different local's backyard cam -- and check out the wildlife who ambled by. "This year, my plan was to have the surveillance cameras in place to watch the birds this winter near the feeders. Instead of waiting," emailed Steve M. to Jamaica Plain News. "I installed the cameras earlier this summer, because a baby rabbit had taken up residence in my yard, who I wanted to keep an eye on.  One night a fox appeared and chased the little bunny, but the bunny escaped and I could see the fox walk away empty-handed (so-to-speak)."


JP Resident Set Up Trail Cam By Compost — See Who Stopped By!

Jamaica Plain resident Judith Gibson-Okunieff had a camera laying around and thought why not set it up outside to see what wildlife is in her backyard. "I put the trail camera by the compost pile because I figured there would be some interest from the squirrels and I wanted to see how they interacted with it," said Gibson-Okunieff to JP News. "Before putting it down, I had seen squirrels running away from it whenever I got close to it but I hadn't seen any of the other animals I caught on camera. The blue jay and cardinal were a lucky catch. I was surprised at how much the rabbit liked the pile because it kept returning to it.