Woodworking optical illusions and more

Todd Hesgard of Milton, when he’s not being the general manager at Dave’s Ace, is probably woodworking at home. He uses woods for their natural colors. He doesn’t stain or paint the wood, so they’re all food safe, he said. He holds up a board that has a rainbow of colors. Green is yellow poplar, brown is walnut, then there’s maple, African padauk, yellowheart and purpleheart. Another exotic wood he likes to use is wenge. What does he do with this wood? He makes all kinds of things: cheese snack trays, coasters, cutting boards, ornaments, knife handles, tables, pantries, cabinets, honeybee house tops, chairs, sleds — he even made a wooden replica of an antique metal trap. Some of the designs are optical illusions; others are quilt patterns. His work is available for sale at Dave’s Ace.

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