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Cannon builder David Heinze makes sure his replicated cannon is sturdy and clean May 12 while he stands in his woodshop at his home in Elrosa. (Tribune photo by TJ Jerke)

Civil War replica cannons showcased

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While a youngster on his family farm three miles south of Elrosa, David Heinze enjoyed what every young boy liked -- making a bang.

What Heinze did for fun then transcended into a lifelong hobby years later.

Heinze, a 70-year-old retired farmer from Elrosa, has built and continues to create Civil War-replica Napoleon cannons out of steel by using handmade tools.

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