SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Steve Harvey is known for enjoying some of life's finer things, including his passion for cigars. Tuesday, Harvey was presented with a chair created just for him, made right here in central Illinois.
"My mom is a big fan of Steve Harvey and she's also one of my biggest supporters,” custom furniture maker Jermaine Ward said. “So I came up with the idea that while she's still living, I wanted to do something great. So I designed this chair that I was going to give to Steve Harvey and it came out pretty good."
Ward has been designing custom furniture for the last seven years, but perhaps this is his most famous piece, making its debut on Harvey's show at Universal Studios.
"I carved his face in the chair and we custom-painted it,” Ward said. “It has a drawer that's fitted with a cigar humidor, as well as some of his favorite cigars."
Ward said he'll never forget his biggest supporters - his parents. His mom watched the appearance from home.
"To have experienced that opportunity, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I encourage anybody that is out there trying to be successful or looking for success, to never give up," Ward said.
You can check out more of Ward's furniture here.