“They are so clean when I get through with them, you can almost eat off of them,” Hunter says.
He means this quite literally, as he also enjoys making a wide selection of tables, the tops of which are horseshoes laid flat, with upright horseshoes for legs. Accompanying chairs are also made out of horseshoes. The tops of these 80-pound tables must be finished off with glass to provide a smooth surface.
Hunter’s home is the ultimate showplace for his decorative creations.
“I made the chandelier for our living room out of horseshoes, a miniature covered wagon, a Christmas tree that’s about four horseshoes wide with candleholders throughout the branches, and many other things for inside the home,” Hunter says. “Sometimes I incorporate ornamental iron railings with the horseshoes.”
The front of Hunter’s home boasts an ornamental iron door that has in detail a truck, a church and his wife’s name. Hunter says the door represents the three most important things in his life.
Roni says her husband is too modest when it comes to his metal creations.
“When you pull up to our house, you can see his horseshoe work immediately on the door, and in an arbor to the side of the house that I have planted roses around,” Roni says. “His work is extremely detailed and fun.”
Although it may sound as though Hunter works on a large scale, he works exclusively out of a small shop out behind the house where he tries to spend a few hours each day. Hunter enjoys making his horseshoe art for anyone who is interested, but so far has only made local sales.
“I sell some things now and then, but the word hasn’t really gotten out,” Hunter says. “I do sell my pieces, but I am not in this to make money. I make things mostly for my wife and my friends, and a few for the folks in Poplar Bluff.”
Hunter says he enjoys his new pastime because it allows him to bring something different to the world – just like trucking.
If you would like to contact Lindell Hunter about his craft or to purchase some of his art, please write to: 775 County Road 448; Poplar Bluff, MO 63901-9016.
Not Just for Show
The Great Salt Lake Truck Show is a place for truck owners to show off their stuff, but it also has a higher purpose.
Proceeds from the show, which will take place, for the 16th year, Aug. 26 and 27 at the E-Center in Salt Lake City, will help more than 200 children who have had a kidney failure, are on dialysis or are awaiting a kidney transplant to attend the Kidney Kamp in September 2005. The Kidney Kamp, run by the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho, gives children and their families a chance to have fun with swimming, fishing, basketball, hiking, arts and crafts, and to attend motivational learning sessions. Local college athletes give inspirational speeches about overcoming obstacles in life. The camp aims to build hope, strength and friendships to help families cope with the challenge of a kidney disease.
Jeff England, the chairman of the truck show and the CEO of Pride Transport, Inc., presented a check for $20,000 to the NKF last year to benefit the Kidney Kamp. In addition to benefiting the NKF, the Truck Show aims at promoting a positive image for the trucking industry to the public.