1998 - Volume #22, Issue #2, Page #24[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Singing Fence Posts"
In fact, the Lexington, Neb., man is founder and president of the "Official Post Observers" (O.P.O.), a brotherhood dedicated to old fence posts. He's made a name for himself as a sort of self-appointed historian of the "building blocks of the Old West" and is in demand as a humorous after dinner speaker.
Jeffrey's main claim to fame is the "Singing Fence Post" he invented some 20 years ago. He's sold 470 of the units so far as promotional gimmicks or novelty gift items and demand is growing.
"The idea was born when I used to substitute for area veterinarians and started noticing all the old fence posts as I drove the back roads," explains Jeffrey who holds a veterinary science degree from Colorado State University. "As I did, the old song, ęDon't Fence Me In', kept running through my mind."
The rest is history, as they say.
Jeffrey located a music box that played the 1937 Cole Porter tune and started putting it inside mini posts made from cedar and Osage Orange fence posts that he "harvests" from fence posts on his ranch. He cuts the 3 1/2-in. dia. posts into 7-in. lengths and routers them out on bottom to accommodate the music box. The posts, which rotate as they play, are wrapped in barbed wire.
Each post comes with a hand written "history" of the post and the barbed wire wrapped around it.
"Singing Fence Posts" sell for $30 apiece plus S&H.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dr. Joe Jeffrey, 43646 Road 749, Lexington, Neb. 68850-5556 (ph 308 324-3613).
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