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Shoes step on big gum tree

Shoes step on big gum tree Rhianna King, The West Australian November 12, 2013, 4:44 am

timberland Ian Peacock with his shoe tree. Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

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timberland outlet Faced with an ever-growing pile of unwanted shoes that had been discarded by his growing grandchildren, Ian Peacock decided to get creative rather than throw them out.

timberland boots kids Twelve months ago, the 59-year-old started nailing shoes of all types and sizes to a majestic gum tree at the front of his property in Palgarup, 8km north of Manjimup. Friends, locals and tourists soon caught on and Mr Peacock often discovers bags containing old shoes left outside his South Western Highway home.

timberland fashion boots "Just the other day I had two women from Tassie drop some heels off after going to a funeral," he said.

timberland boot outlet "It started as a bit of fun but now everyone knows about the shoe tree and I get people from all over the world stopping to photograph it."

The tree is now home to more than 200 pairs of shoes and Mr Peacock, known around town as "Feathers", has continued the artwork on another tree nearby.

The rustic bush-furniture maker plans to open a small shop next year and hopes the tree will entice people to stop and take a look.

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