Let's Get Small
Rob Squinty Johnstone III
Dateline Biwabik, MN: April 1st
Landscape artist Newel "Buster" Post came late into woodworking. After years of creating art that spanned hundreds of acres, Buster wanted to work on projects on a more manageable scale.
"Landscape art can really wear you out. Plowing ditches, draping hillsides with fabric, directing squadrons of prairie dogs in synchronized burrowing & it's just a lot of work. And then there is the hassle of shipping the work to the buyer. It just went on and on," said Buster in a recent interview.
That's why woodworking held such interest to him. But after a couple of years of creating standard sized furniture and custom millwork, Buster started to wonder "Just how small can I build things?"
I am here to tell you that he got very small. At this point in time, I can safely say that Buster is the only woodworker milling stock on a cellular level. Combining super-sharp, laser-honed cutting tools and electrically augmented magnifying lenses in a jeweler's loupe, Buster is doing work that can only be called exceptional.
"It kinda came to me after I watched the director's cut version of Fantastic Voyage - Raquel Welch, what an actress! Well, anyway, that's when I thought of it."
Ironically, Buster is having difficulty selling this amazing and groundbreaking woodworking.
"Apparently, and this caught me by surprise, people don't like to look at woodworking using a microscope." Mused Buster, "Some folks have even accused me of cheating them & claiming there is no actual 'project' to buy. I am offended by those claims."
To see more of his work, go to www.theemperorsnewclothes.com and click on the nano-nook.
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