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Campbell: Bucking bulls to carving wood

Campbell: Bucking bulls to carving wood

Shelby Durham

Student Steven Campbell displays some of his woodworks.

Steven Campbell may seem like your normal rodeo team member and regular college student, but what a lot of people don’t know is that under his rodeo attire he has a creative side.

“On July 6, 2013, I was injured in Springdale, AR,” Campbell said. “I was bucked off a bull, and landed on my shoulder in an awkward position, and dislocated it. About three weeks before school started, I came up with an idea of building stuff out of wood while I was rehabbing my shoulder, seeing as how I can’t ride bulls until January.”

As a college student, it’s crucial to have some sort of income that will support your financial needs.

“I knew I had to make some money some how,” Campbell said. “In the past I’ve sold cotton candy, trick ropes, and other knick knacks. This time I came up with the idea of building stuff out of wood, hoping it would be a little more promising than cotton candy and trick ropes.”

He wasn’t sure what he was going to make, but he knew it would be something unique.

“I didn’t have the money to just go buy some wood and build random stuff that might not sale, so I told a buddy back home in Alabama that I was going to start building some stuff,” Campbell said. “He said he has always wanted a rack for cowboy hats, so I told him to buy the material, and I would build him one.”

Over the past few months, Campbell has made a few cowboy hat racks, and some painted wooden crosses. If you would like to see his work, several of the crosses he’s made are on display at Dazzle’s, located on the square downtown.

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