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
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.
|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.