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Wooden livestock hauler draws crowds at Truxpo

EDMONTON, Alta. - One of the biggest attractions at this year's Truxpo wasn't an 18-wheeler with a 53-foot trailer in tow.It was a much smaller version, measuring about four feet in length and made ou...


CANADIAN MAPLE: Meier's maple Kenworth was a hit.Photo by James Menzies
CANADIAN MAPLE: Meier's maple Kenworth was a hit.Photo by James Menzies

EDMONTON, Alta. – One of the biggest attractions at this year’s Truxpo wasn’t an 18-wheeler with a 53-foot trailer in tow.

It was a much smaller version, measuring about four feet in length and made out of hundreds of pieces of hand-carved maple.

Vince Meier had a scale model of a Kenworth truck and livestock trailer on display, and throughout the weekend people swarmed the Alberta Motor Transport Association booth for a closer look.

From each of the 98 individually carved lights to the detailed engine and driveshaft – it was all included in meticulous detail.

“It’s made from about 500 individual pieces of wood,” says a humble Meier, who was surprised by the attention the work of art generated.

Meier has always admired big trucks, and like many artists, his subject is something he’s fairly familiar with.

“That’s what you see the most of on the highways down south,” says the Vauxhall, Alberta resident.

But it’s not easy to make an accurate replica of a truck and trailer that you’ve only seen whizzing by on the highway at 100 km-h.

So he turned to a picture he found in a calendar for reference.

“That’s all I had to go by,” explains Meier.

The hood of the Kenworth lifts to reveal a lifelike wooden engine, while the detachable hog trailer features detailed ramps and dividers.

The sleeper is just as detailed, including an individually hand-carved bed and pillow.

Despite the countless hours Meier poured into his work of art – up to 12 hours a day over three months – he is willing to part with it for the right price.

He was asking for $10,000 but jokes, “You have to ask high at first, right?”

There were numerous requests for a price over the course of the Truxpo weekend, but Meier insists he is just as happy to keep the rig in his collection.

He has carved a number of classic rigs, including tractors, fire engines and cars as well.

But the Kenworth livestock hauler is among his favorites, and is certainly one of the most detailed trucks of the lot.


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