Drivers on Old Turnpike Road in Brookfield will see an interesting sight as they make their way down the street: a wooden “robot” guarding one family’s mail.
Greg Miller, a local graphic artist with a flair for building (“Sheds, fences, arbors and trellises mostly,” he says), starting sketching designs for a new mailbox after his was taken out by a neighbor.
The “nice neighbor” who “inadvertently ran over my old mailbox” donated two pieces of wood toward the construction of a new one, Miller said.
While mulling ideas for the new design, Miller said he threatened his wife with building a robot to stand at the head of their driveway.
“When I started to sketch out some architectural type designs for the new post, she said I promised her a robot,” he said. “That settled it.”
Miller started construction last fall using scraps of wood left over from previous projects and finished this spring after getting a welder for an early Fathers Day present.