Big Six Shooter
Del Rio, Texas
In 1981, in his role as a roving Art Ambassador of Texas, Bob "Daddy-O" Wade was in Del Rio giving a talk and showing slides of his giant Iguana and equally giant Cowboy Boots. Afterward, the organizers asked Bob if he would make something big for their town, but they had no money to pay him. Bob walked outside to think about it, and noticed a small gun shop next door. On the side of the shop was a concrete slab with bolts coming out of it, probably the base of an old sign, which Bob recognized as a big potential saving in time and money. He walked in, asked the owner if he'd pay to have Bob bolt a big gun to the base, and the owner surprisingly said yes.
The six-shooter that Bob built used a 55 gallon drum for the cylinder, stove pipe for the barrel, and stucco for the pearl handle. "I just kinda winged it," said Bob.