Ron Martin, woodworker and collector

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1931 Chevy, with dust1931 Chevy, showing front grillpumping apparatuspump dialsrestored gas truck

a familly pet
the side yard
Ron talks with Uncle Jack and Uncle Bob
motorcycle variation on rocking horse theme

Ron Martin

scroll saw at workletters cut in wood
Ron working scroll sawRon's workspacebirdhouses and squirrel feeder

Ron finds plenty to do,
now that he is retired.


Ron Martin drove a gas truck and pumped fuel to farmers for years. Now he is retired and doesn't seem to have any trouble finding things to keep him busy.
   For example, he collects things. He has collected a 1941 Chevy and a fuel truck, which he restored to a bright red and white.
   He makes wooden crafts in his woodshop: birdhouses, tractors, motorcycle rocking toys, squirrel feeders, Adirondack chairs, quilt racks, framed clocks.
   The Adirondack chairs Ron builds are massive, but his specialty is delicate scroll saw work: plaques with cutouts; sometimes a piece has over 100 negative spaces cut into a single piece of oak, which he then backs with walnut. The pieces can sit on a flat surface or can be hung on a wall.

example of Ron's scroll work in wood

And the subject matter of the work varies widely from cattle to hunting to cartoon characters to domestic scenes.
   Ron's wife, Violet, also has retired. Her craft expertise, besides sewing for her grandkids, is cross-stitching. Sometime Ron and Violet collaborate on their
work. He builds a miniature quilt frame and she provides a tiny, cross-stitched quilt for the frame.
   In June we visited Ron and Viiolet on their farm, saw his workshop, a collection of their craft projects and had a dandy visit.

Thanks, Ron and Violet, for a grand time.


All photos © 2001 by Carol Yoho
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