Kim Doyle Wille Photography | Buffalo Chip July 31, 2009 Mark Farner/Kory & the Fireflys
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Modified 20-Aug-09
Created 20-Aug-09
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July 31st from my "perspective"...

The day began early when Vaughn Shafer, artist/blacksmith/sculptor of the Buffalo skull sculpture and "Woody" Woodruff, owner of the Buffalo Chip Campground, met on the deck of the Miller Lite Bar at 6:00 a.m., surrounded by their helpers. (Also appearing; Scott Bonacci and Jon Stegal, who helped us move the blacksmith shop, sculpture, award-winning 'Saber-tooth Tiger Bike', Hearse, Trike, etc. to the Buffalo Chip from El Jebel, Colorado).

The boys climbed up on top of the structure to check out the positioning of the sculpture, which was to be mounted on the large post, the final day of concerts, August 8, 2009. Then I took some photos of Jim who was local to the area and who manned that post all week.

After a little coffee and breakfast, the boys went to work, cutting the Buffalo skull sculpture away from the rack which it was mounted to for the truck ride from Colorado and mounting it to a single back post for positioning in the Iron Arts booth. One of the vendors decided to do his daily round of kick-boxing while the sculpture was moved into place and the first official photos taken at Sturgis, of people who left their marks in the sculpture; Scott Bonacci on the left and Jon Stegal on the right.

In between shots, I tried to help but ended up taking photos of Har-V, the artist/sculptor of "Miss Chippie", the large sculpture on the plaza, and Nolan Cochrell as they tried to locate an underground outlet. Then the follies of the week began, with the first Chipsters of the week, leaving their marks in the "community" sculpture.

Mid-way through the afternoon our friend Scott Abrams came by, left his mark then became a regular helper at our booth during that week. Then Rupert Boneham came by with the beautiful, psychedelic motorcycle he was auctioning off for his organization, Ruperts Kids. Rupert was the eighth highest winner in the TV reality series, 'Surivivor', left the following day to film in the upcoming all-star 'Survivor' series, is one helluva character with a big heart, high energy and who admirably uses the fame and fortune he attained through 'Survivor', to do good in the world. You can learn more about what he does by going to his website at:

It was a great afternoon full of memories of people who continued to come visit during the week. Brandon Edlin had the honors of being the first person to get a patch sewn on any article, at Sturgis. I retain the honor of having the FIRST patch sewn on to any article. It's on the outside pocket of my camera backpack, for the entire world to see. :^)

Nick Batterman was actually the first person in Sturgis to leave his mark in the sculpture while Gina Satterfield was the second person. Nick is the electrician at the Buffalo Chip and we are grateful to him for all the help he gave us throughout the week and the thunder/hail storms!

The afternoon slipped into a nice evening of photographing the fun people that kept dropping by to leave their mark.


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