METAL ART: Bush man Peter Huey gives new life to relics from his past. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times
METAL ART: Bush man Peter Huey gives new life to relics from his past. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times Tessa Mapstone

Last market for unique farm-wares furniture

PETER Huey lived most of his life on the land, so when he moved from his 170,000 acre cattle station in western Queensland to Traveston he found a way to keep in touch with his roots.

"When I came down I brought things I'd had for 50 years," he said.

"Spurs, brands, horse bells, old hames from horses' harnesses.

"They were going rusty in the shed so I made up a gate for us, then I made a few more.

"Then I got bored making gates and I branched out making other things."

Mr Huey made eight or nine bespoke pieces of furniture each year, from garden benches to rocking chairs, Victorian love seats, coffee tables and shoe racks, for 14 years.

"I like to put a set of hames and a set of shears in everything I do as a signature thing," he

said.

"It's all welded together then they're taken down and sand blasted and powder coated.

"It's a nice way to preserve these things for future generations and a nice way to display them as well.

"The glass top coffee table is like a mini museum."

But after years of careful building, pairing horseshoes with farrier's rasps and building chair legs out of blacksmith-made chains and drill press bits, the materials became harder to find and at 75 years old Mr Huey decided it was time to slow down.

He brought his furniture pieces, each filled with dozens of age-old stories, to market in Wondai for the final time at the weekend.

"I'm finding it difficult to get old things now and I've got a bad shoulder from too many rodeos," he said.

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