Vet’s hobby supports local VFW

Henry Erber
Pictured here, Henry Erber shows one of his custom flag poles. (C. Faulknor/BC Gazette)
Henry Erber Jr. of Boyne City has adopted an innovative flagpole design for a good cause by perfecting one that never needs to be painted, doesn’t rust and revolves by using the power of the wind.
Pictured here, Henry Erber shows one of his custom flag poles. (C. Faulknor/BC Gazette)
Pictured here, Henry Erber shows one of his custom flag poles. (C. Faulknor/BC Gazette)

Henry Erber Jr. of Boyne City has adopted an innovative flagpole design for a good cause by perfecting one that never needs to be painted, doesn’t rust and revolves by using the power of the wind.

 

Erber first saw the design when he was staying in Florida at an RV park.

“We were down in Florida last year and the guy next to us had one. I decided that I wanted one of those,” said Erber. “I made myself one.

And, then, when I was finished, someone else saw the flagpole and they wanted one too.”

Erber makes the poles and, after the initial production costs are taken off, all profits are donated to the Boyne City VFW Post.

“It takes me about 35 to 40 minutes to make one of these poles, but the nice thing is that they are made out of PVC pipe so there’s no metal to rust,” said Erber.  “The only metal in them is the stake that is used to anchor them into the ground.”

Each flagpole is seven feet tall and comes with a three-foot by five-foot flag; sizes can be customized though, if the buyer has another flag they want to display.

“One gentleman that bought a flagpole from me was a member of the Marine Corps, and he wanted to fly his Marine flag. So, we were able to change the size so he could fly both flags,” said Erber.

This past Winter, Erber left his flag pole out all Winter because he wanted to see how the pole would weather the cold temperatures and wind.

“The pole and the flag turned out just fine, I have mounted lights on the pole so people can see the flag at night,” said Erber.

For more information on these flag poles contact Henry Erber at (231) 582-9822.