JOPLIN, Mo. —
The eagle surprised Elissa Yonkers. She didn't think a hammer could be made to look like such a bird.
"The beak of the eagle is the claw of the hammer," said Yonkers, development associated with Rebuild Joplin. "The rest is just awesome."
A bunch of tools used to build a house will be auctioned off to fund the building of another house. On display at Spiva Center for the Arts are 100 hammers, used in the recent construction of a replacement home for tornado victims.
Each hammer has been reworked into a work of art. One resembles a farmer carrying a large board. Another has been transformed into a desktop pen holder. Others are covered in yarn or vividly painted. And plenty of them show the wear from being involved in construction.
The hammers will be auctioned off Saturday during Rebuilding with Heart, a community art project that will raise funds for Rebuild Joplin and Spiva.
Yonkers said the foundation for the idea was built during a similar fundraiser.
"We worked with Spiva for the recent bow tie event," Yonkers said. "During the check presentation, we started talking about decorating hammers."
Soon after, Farmers Insurance donated 100 hammers. After being used to build a house, they were sent to several local artists, public officials and artistic groups for redecorating.
Yonkers said the hammers decorated by Webb City and Carl Junction middle school students also stood out. Other decorators include Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean, City Manager Mark Rohr, MSSU Interim President Alan Marble and staff members of Freeman and Mercy hospitals.
Proceeds from the auction will be split between Rebuild Joplin and Spiva, Yonkers said. The silent and live auctions will be hosted by Hank Rotten Jr. Table Mesa and Macadoodles will provide food and beverages.
"We hope to raise enough to build the frame of another house, about $5,000," she said.
Want to go?
The Rebuilding with Heart auction will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Spiva Center for the Arts, located at 222 W. Third St. Admission: $25, $20 in advance. Details: 417-625-3543, 417-623-0183.