Mak­ing of the Monto Mo­tor Inn Mail­box

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THOUGH he doesn’t con­sider him­self a handy­man, Roy Mar­bach pulled out all the stops to build a let­ter­box for the Monto Colo­nial Inn.

The let­ter­box was built by Mr Mar­bach to help out his friend War­ren shortly af­ter he and his part­ner took over the inn.

“He asked me if I could make him a let­ter­box, be­cause the post­man com­plained put­ting it on the ground wasn’t suit­able,” Mr Mar­bach said.

The two met when Roy in­vited War­ren to stay with him when he moved to Monto.

The log prop­ping up the mail­box is made from an iron bark tree out on Roy Mar­bach’s farm.

Mr Mar­bach trimmed the tree up with a san­der, and branded “Colo­nial” into it.

This was done with a heated piece of three-eight rod with a half cir­cle, and a piece with a right-an­gle bend to burn into the wood.

Mr Drahm hadn’t ex­pected such a pro­fes­sional ef­fort. PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

“I told him, just grab any­thing that’s fallen over, ob­vi­ously don’t cut a good tree down,” Mr Drahm said.

HANDYWORK: Roy Mar­bach made this mail­box out of iron­bark for War­ren Drahm when he and his part­ner took over the Colo­nial Mo­tor Inn.

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