It’s all in a name, they say, and in this case Four Acres of Rust says it all.  Our photography adventures find us exploring all sorts of wonderful spots here on Vancouver Island, and in doing so we meet the most incredible people.  In today’s post we are going to feature one of our favorite treasure troves here on the island for all things rusty, antique, and just downright beautiful.  Welcome to Four Acres of Rust!

Four Acres of Rust - Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Four Acres of Rust – Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

For those of you who follow us regularly, you already know of the incredible adventures we had this past summer going all over Vancouver Island looking for rusty cars and antiques for a very special client of ours who is a private collector of our art.  We traveled over 1,500 kms in the span of a few short weeks and saw all sorts of incredible things, and met a ton of great people.

Four Acres of Rust - Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Four Acres of Rust – Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

As a result of these adventures, a new and exciting chapter has opened up here at Toad Hollow Photography through our meeting Shawn and Miss Daisy over at Four Acres of Rust.  We found so much beauty in the vehicles that live here, it was almost impossible to tear me away.  We had the pleasure of spending the time for two sessions and only just scratched the rusty surface of all the treasures that call this place home.

Four Acres of Rust - Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Four Acres of Rust – Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Four Acres of Rust - Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Four Acres of Rust – Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Four Acres of Rust - Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Four Acres of Rust – Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Rustoration or Restoration; words we heard often during our visits here, ones that speak towards how incredible it is to see new life brought into the classics that are found at every turn.  In addition to being able to perform any type of welding and metal fabrication you may need, the opening of the new Four Acres of Rust shop at Drivers Welding will offer car parts and accessories, including hard to find vintage parts, and in the not too distant future t-shirts as well as other cool and sometimes rusty collectibles.

Four Acres of Rust - Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Four Acres of Rust – Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

We have often talked since our visit about asking Shawn to build us a classic custom retro-rod truck for Toad Hollow Photography, allowing us to travel the highways and byways of Vancouver Island in retro style.  This new truck would be made up of all new running gear and parts, but would have a classic body, making it both safe and stylish at the same time.  How much fun would that be?

Four Acres of Rust - Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Four Acres of Rust – Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

In the meantime, if you are looking to contact Shawn, pop on over to the Drivers Welding site for their phone number or email address.  We’ll bring you updates as things progress at Four Acres of Rust, so stay tuned for that in the future as well.

Gallery of photographs from Four Acres of Rust
Slideshow of photographs from Four Acres of Rust

Thank you for taking the time to visit us here at The Hollow today, we really appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.




  1. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    Oh man, you must have been in rusty heaven visiting a place like that. True paradise, my friend. Great looking photos here and my next stop is over to your Four Acres gallery.

    Thanks for sharing! 😆

    • You know it Jimi, I was that proverbial kid who was let loose in the candy store with a pocket full of quarters!! The biggest problem Mrs. Toad had was in extracting me from this “target rich environment”!!! 🙂 We had a terrific time on our visits here and cannot wait to go back again for another session. We understand there are many new additions to the Four Acres of Rust family since last we were there! Thanks for your visit and most wonderful comments today, Jimi, we hope you enjoyed checking out the gallery!

  2. avatar ehpem says:

    Very nice Toads! When (not if) you get that retro-rod truck built, I want a ride!

  3. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    Wow! Is this a find, or what???
    My goodness, the beauty you have found and will be abe to find there.
    I truly look so forward to seeing more.
    I love to see old vehicles that have been so lovingly restored.

  4. avatar Edith Levy says:

    This is so sweet Toad.

  5. avatar Andy Hooker says:

    Saw some of these images on your Instagram feed,Toad, but it’s so much better seeing them large. What an amazing place this is and how fantastic it would be to drive round in a re-conditioned old car body like some of these. They just don’t make autos like they used to.

    • They truly have a character all their own, don’t they Andy? You just don’t find contemporary cars exuding this much personality, in my humble opinion!! 🙂 Thanks my friend, we really appreciate your visit and support!

  6. Wow, what a place, I am jealous for sure, great shots my friend

    • Thanks so much Mike! Get on up here, we’ll introduce you to Shawn and Miss Daisy and the crew for sure!!! It’ll be a long day, no doubt you and I will be running all over the place grabbing shots, but it would be a BLAST for sure!! Cheers, my friend!