An Elaine area welder recently received a request to construct an 18-row harrow (60 foot) in his welding shop just outside Elaine’s city limits. He's been welding and putting together 12-row harrows, which cover a 30-foot span for quite some time. His most recent effort is his biggest.

 

ELAINE –An Elaine area welder recently received a request to construct an 18-row harrow (60 foot) in his welding shop just outside Elaine’s city limits. He's been welding and putting together 12-row harrows, which cover a 30-foot span for quite some time. His most recent effort is his biggest.
Being a small farmer Burton Funk says he needed another occupation so he took up welding. Being involved in farming he gained the knowledge of how to build the harrow and other useful farm equipment.
The 18-row harrow allows the farmer to cover about 800 to 1,000 acres a day in preparing the ground for planting.
Funk has been welding at his shop off Highway 44 just north of Elaine for the past 10 years. He also farms 450 acres in an area south of Elaine near the Mellwood community.
Funk's wife, Dottie, helps out with the bookkeeping and anything else in the shop office. Also helping out is another welder, James Jones, who according to Funk does an excellent job.
Welding keeps him busy most of the time and he does jobs for customers from Marvell, Holly Grove and Helena, all primarily within a 50-mile radius of Elaine.
Funk usually constructs equipment on request. He also welds pipe, which has to be measured for rice fields and culverts. He frames sheds to cover power units and has constructed a complete shed, which can be used on a farm. Funk handles aluminum and steel welds as well as brass and cast iron. He welds on tractors and combines and does stainless steel welds. He sells steel for Phillips, Desha and Monroe counties.
Funk once worked as an ironworker in Memphis and went to school to learn how to weld. 
"We can just about fix (or weld) anything that comes in broken, except for a broken heart," commented Funk.