A sister's request ignites one-of-a-kind fire pits

Heidi Glaus introduces you to this fire pit artist.

In 2013 Lesa Brocksmith made a fairly hefty request.

"My husband and I wanted something we could move all over our yard, something round, something unique," Brocksmith explains.

Her brother's ideas ignited and soon Tom Davis and his dad had welded together exactly what she was wanting.

"He's amazing, he's a true artist," she said.

Few people would disagree.

Photos: Unique fire pit creations

"Artist is like way, way up there," Tom Davis says.

But one of the few is Tom, to him this is more of a hobby. Make no mistake he really gets into his work, but his burning desire is to help others.

"I was a missionary for 23 years and then my dad had a heart spell so I came back."

He was on the ground in Gulfport, Mississippi, after Hurricane Katrina.

"Putting roofs on houses, cutting trees out of people's living rooms," he pointed out.

And just about everywhere else around the country when there's been a need.

"To me the biggest thing is giving people faith and hope and love and cheer when everything has been destroyed."

Tom and Lesa lost their dad three months after that first fire pit was made, but he's now cut, gouged and grinded about 60 steel fire pits. Each one is a one-of-a-kind.

"I like a pit to tell a story no matter which direction you're looking at it," he explained.

And each one can be used for more than one thing.

"Like this one here is a fogger, you can also put fire in it, you can also fill it with ice.  You can also be like my mom, she fills it with dirt and plants flowers in it." Davis says.

So Tom Davis might not like to call himself an artist, but one look at his work tells you that he is quite a good one.


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