Perry Coy from Clovis is an artist who never touched a piece of wood that he didn't like. This modern day Geppetto has been turning wood on his lathe for more than fifteen years.
He really became interested in making wood products after he retired ten years ago. "The coolest thing is to go out there and cut down a tree, take it home and make something out of it."
Perry makes all kinds of bowls and plates. He says no two pieces of wood are alike. Before a chunk makes it into the shop it has to go thru the curing process.
It sits in a garbage can covered with wet sawdust. "We'll take this and turn it and make it into something fantastic." Perry's latest project is making canes for disabled vets. It starts with a block of black walnut. Hundreds of revolutions later it starts taking shape.
Perry is an artist who makes some very unique gifts including an all wood cowboy hat. "You have to cut it green and turn it, warp it. You have to measure the head and allow for shrinkage." Perry's cowboy hats sell for 500 dollars.
Not all of his hand picked wood pieces are keepers. Many end up as firewood. "You never know what's gonna be in a piece of wood. God put it in there. All I gotta do is find it." Perry showed us a bowl where he uncovered a fox hiding in the wood.