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Bulger's Beat: Man forms mailboxes beyond the ordinary

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One Middle Tennessee man puts a little extra spice into the daily routine of the mailman. If you think that all mailboxes are the same, you haven't seen what Tom Bulla can do with some oak, a drill and his imagination.

Bulla has never spent a day of his life as a mailman. His 36-year career was spent on the assembly line at General Motors.

Now retired, Bulla has decided to go postal with his hobby.

Let's just say he's partial to parcel - making mailboxes that deserve a first-class delivery.

His creations are beautiful and always practical, even though his mailbox hobby has only recently taken off. Bulla's first mailbox was completed just a few years ago.

"I made a tractor mailbox for a house-warming gift, and after people started seeing them, I saw the reaction and just started making them," Bulla said.

Those reactions, for one special mailbox, include "Holy Moly, it's a Zamboni!"

Complete with a hockey stick as an outgoing mail flag, even the little ice maker mailbox can survive rain, sleet and snow.

His other mailbox creations include a fire truck, airplane and even a church.

Just don't go looking for a fancy mailbox outside Bulla's house.

"I have a regular mailbox with a fancy number on top, and that's about it," he said.

Bulla's artistic mailboxes may take a few seconds to figure out just where to put the mail, but he said that's the beauty of having a regular mail carrier.

Once you know where the mail goes, you'll be fine forever.

For more information on the mailbox creations, visit: http://www.facebook.com/tom.bulla.9.

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