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Tornado Debris Is Being Turned Into Art

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ROWLETT (CBS11) - Troy Cox is at work in his Rowlett garage turning a tornado's damage into works of art.

"I thought I'd serve my community best doing this," he said.

He spent years working as a cabinet maker and saw the value in debris people were piling at the curb.

"I have a pretty vivid imagination," he said.

Cox has made coat hooks, boxes, and home décor.

Some of the wood is nicked and bruised, but that only adds meaning for people in this community who survived the storm.

"My daughter was crouched in the tub with my grandbaby… I don't know. I'm about to start crying," said Jamee Burden, who stopped to pick up a purchase.

As soon as the art went up for sale Sunday, neighbors rushed to buy it up.

"I'm lucky I got three. 'Cause literally they were gone within 15 minutes. And he's probably got a waiting list a mile long," said Lisa Sagnibene.

Cox isn't making any profit. He's vowed to donate the proceeds to a tornado relief fund.

He hopes, though, people will see meaning in his work… the resilience and beauty discovered amid so much devastation.

Here is the Facebook page where you can see and buy the art Cox has made.

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