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For 25 years, Gary Hovey labored as a heavy equipment operator and industrial welder, but his true passion was a touch more whimsical.
A decade ago, the Knoxville, Ohio resident was inspired by a 10-foot-tall horse sculpture made of steel bumpers by Chicago artist John Kearney. Hovey resolved to make a few smaller sculptures of his own, but with materials he had on hand.
"I thought: ‘I could make those with spoons,’" Hovey told us. "They’d be smaller, and people could have them in their homes." And that’s exactly what he did, first welding a dog and then a heron. They were quickly purchased, and Hovey realized he’d struck upon something.
"People liked them," Hovey said. "[The sculptures] make people happy." Many customers don’t realize at first how the sculptures are constructed, which Hovey takes delight in. "It is funny to watch people as it dawns on their faces: ‘It’s flatware!’"
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