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Farm Equipment Chairs Rock On Steel Wheels
Steve Haas's homemade rocking chairs were so popular as gifts that he quit his job at a hog confinement operation and started making them full time five years ago.
  He sandblasts, welds and paints to transform steel wheels, horseshoes, auto exhaust pipe and flat iron into rocking chairs with character.
  "I use grain drill press wheels because they are lighter," Haas says. Chairs weigh about 70 lbs., which he ships through the mail in two pieces. The chair back made with exhaust pipe tubing and batch dryer screen slips off receivers to meet package size requirements. The seat is an implement seat and horseshoes attach the metal rockers to the wheels. Haas accessorizes with a horseshoe cup holder.
  The Seward, Neb., man paints each chair in authentic colors for various dealers from Deere green to Allis-Chalmers orange to International red. Each chair has a company decal.
  One Dallas, Texas, customer bought one of each model for his restaurant. "Then he wanted a double-seater," Haas says. Haas also makes Harley-Davidson and Nebraska Cornhusker chairs, but notes that most of his customers don't live in Nebraska. He ships many rockers out East and to Texas.
  Adult chairs cost $250, children's chairs cost $225, and the double-seater is $300. Shipping is extra.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Haas, 1245 364th Rd., Seward, Neb. 68434 (ph 402 641-5436; stevehaas@haasiron.com; www.haasiron.com).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #1