Longview man transforms mailboxes into works of art

Longview man transforms mailboxes into works of art
Longview News-Journal
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POSTED: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 9:42am

UPDATED: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 10:17am

Mailboxes take on a new meaning in the neighborhood of Williams Road in Longview.

Simple metal letter boxes have been transformed into everything from school buses, John Deere tractors and fire trucks to barns, airplanes and helicopters — each of which has been handcrafted by Len Budai of Longview to represent their owner’s personality.

“When you retire, you look for stuff to do,” Budai said of his hobby, which started after he retired as the director of religious education at St. Mary’s in 2000 and from Home Depot in 2007.

He’s made about 15 mailboxes to date, each of which was created from recycled parts.

“These wheels came off of strollers,” Budai said as he pointed to the back wheels of a John Deere mailbox he recently made. The front wheels were wood cogs.

It takes Budai about a week and a half to two weeks to construct each mailbox, which he described as being a “very precise” art because the mailbox itself must be smooth on the inside.

“All the screws have to go from the inside out because it could tear the mail or cut someone’s hand,” he said.

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