As a boy in the 1950s James White remembers going with his father to his job in the oilfields of the Permian Basin. His dad would give him a five-gallon bucket, some soap and a scrub brush and come back to check on him hours later.
During those hours of scrubbing in the west Texas sun, he developed a passion for oil rigs and pump jacks.
“It’s kind of like a carnie loves to watch his Ferris wheel go around,” he said. “You become attached to that piece of equipment.”
White maintains and preserves a vast collection of old oilfield stuff at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. He gets paid for his hobby, he says.
But the preservation part can be tricky.