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Finding a different purpose for roofing tin


Several crafty people are repurposing items from furniture, decorations, pallets and dishware to be used in new ways. They have the knack to look at what to some people is junk and see a new purpose for it. When Pat Crocket saw a pile of tin panels the Zoltenkos had taken off of one of their buildings, it sparked a repurposng idea for her. Pat was more than happy to take the tin panels she was offered.

Pat took a trailer to Zoltenkos where she and a reluctant Dennis Duffy loaded the 10 foot by 26 inch panels and took them to Guide Rock where Pat stored the tin until she was ready to begin her project.

At first Pat planned to use the rugged galvanized side of the tin as wall covering in her Superior beauty salon, Waves. But a new idea took over. Why not use it for the ceiling in the back half of her building? Little did she realize what an undertaking that was going to be.

She measured the ceiling panels she was replacing. Then she set to work to cut the tin to fit the railings. Pat used a table saw with the blade turned backwards to cut the tin. Decked out in safety glasses and leather gloves, she proceeded to cut one panel for a trial run. When it was cut, she and her son, Logan Crocket, placed the panel in the railing to make sure it was not too heavy and it fit. It worked!

Pat began cutting more panels to cover the ceiling. Because it is time consuming and noisy, the project has been done in stages. The first stage, Logan and Pat placed 10 panels. The next stage, Colt Crocket, Pat's 10 year old grandson, helped. For the third stage of panels she was assisted by Dennis. The final stage is to cut tin pieces to fill in around the conduit lines. With the left over pieces she plans to make signs for decoration.

Pat said it has been a challenge, but one she has enjoyed. She said everything in an old building is not always square. Placing the tin panels was difficult at times because the tracking tends to move. The whole project has taken a great deal of time.

Once this project is complete, she will work on something else in the salon. Pat bought the building Waves Salon occupies in 1994 from Linda Ayres. Linda had remodeled Brown's Shoe Store and created The Looking Glass, also a salon. When Pat became the owner, she changed the name to Waves because she has always enjoyed water and the ocean. Also permanent waves were in style so Waves seemed like the perfect name for her salon.

Pat has always worked in Superior. Pat worked for Linda for seven years before buying the salon. Before that, Pat worked with Betty Butler after attaining her cosmetology license in 1981.

Waves Salon in Superior is getting a new ceiling in the back part of the salon. Pat Crocket has cut roofing tin from a building which was torn down and repurposed the tin to make ceiling tiles.

Since Pat has owned the salon, she has made changes. The wallpaper was replaced with texture and paint. Carpeting and the roof have been replaced.

Superior's Economic Development Funding allowed for new windows and a door with E-glass. The antique toilet also had to be replaced, however Pat is hoping to repurpose it in time.

The toilet has an oak tank with a cast iron insert and push button flush.

The only reason Pat replaced it is she could not get parts for it after the bowl cracked. Now it is waiting to become one of Pat's repurposing projects.

Three other cosmetologists work at Waves. Jordan Crocket-Drohman, Kayla Crocket, and Sierra Shaw. Sierra has taken a leave of absence for now to take care of her small children. Business has slowed because of COVID-19, however, the salon is still open and following the state guidelines. The number of customers in the building at one time is limited.


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