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Crafty Love

Chest surprises wife

Jessica Tanner

Leader Assistant Editor

Harvey Evans of Tremonton has been doing woodworking for the past 20 years as a hobby and has crafted many gorgeous pieces for family and friends. His most recently project was a cedar chest he entered into the Box Elder County Fair, which won sweepstakes. But what makes this piece really special is the fact that he crafted it for his wife, Leslie, and was able to keep it a surprise until the fair opened.

Harvey put in over 200 hours perfecting the cedar chest and all his hard work paid off when the coupled visited the fair on Wednesday before the exhibits were open to the public. As they walked in, she looked at his entry and read a sign that said, “Handcrafted by Harvey Evans for his dear wife, Leslie.” Harvey said she went through a variety of facial expressions before bursting into tears.

Leslie said, “I love it. I know how much hard work he put into it and the anguish he went through. To find out it was for me made it extra special. It makes me cry just thinking of it. It is the most romantic thing he has ever done for me.”

Harvey added, “We men try the best we can but sometimes we just stumble. I really wanted to make this just right for her and it turned out okay.”

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Harvey Evans entered a cedar chest into the Box Elder County Fair which he made for his wife Leslie. She thought the chest was for their youngest daughter until he surprised her last Wednesday before the fair started.   


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