Del Short’s artful contraptions and gizmos are one of a kind

Post date: May 6, 2011 6:48:22 AM

He’s been “fooling around” with woodworking since he was a little kid, 74-year-old Del Short remembers, when his father “first gave me a handful of nails, a block of wood and a hammer to play with.” That early pounding led through the decades to a vast array of projects, from practical to whimsical to nearly confounding.

“My dad was a master woodworker, and he taught me it was OK to be inventive and try new things, because you can always burn your mistakes,” Short says with what appears to be characteristically droll humor.

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