Friday, August 14, 2009

Hand Carved Mailbox Wins Smithsonian Contest

According to a post on the website, Hawaiian woodworker CathyB won a contest sponsored by the Smithsonian Postal Museum for the best rural mailbox.

Shown here, it took two months to carve and almost a month to finish it (inside and out). Cathy writes she had to ask the mail carrier to position his truck as close to the curb as possible to determine the exact positioning.

Named “Let’s Dance,” it was craved from Cuban mahogany.

Cathy reports, "The response was amazing. Once the Smithsonian sent a news clip to the papers, I was on the front page. Suddenly, people are driving past my house to see the horse."

She goes on to say,"...a gentleman that I see when walking my dog, told me that he had a stroke several years earlier. He said that his objective every day was to try to walk to the horse. When he got there, he would pat the horse on his neck and then try to walk back home."

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM