Woodworker Carves Out A Cubby In Payson Shop

Wood artist Jack Gauman uses a scroll saw to create his intricate images. He is currently displaying his work at Crafters Cubbies in the Swiss Village Shops.

Wood artist Jack Gauman uses a scroll saw to create his intricate images. He is currently displaying his work at Crafters Cubbies in the Swiss Village Shops. Photo by Alexis Bechman. |

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Jack Gauman is the latest artist to display his custom creations at Crafters Cubbies in the Swiss Village Shops, 626 N. Beeline High­way.

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Jack Gauman

Gauman, 80, of Over­gaard, said he was surprised when he got the call that Crafters Cubbies owner Rebecca Acord wanted to sell his work because he hadn’t done any marketing. Gauman has had his work up at an Overgaard shop for some time, taking custom orders and selling his intricate wood pictures.

He said he has always loved working with wood. A contractor by trade, when he retired, he picked up the scroll saw, a small electric saw that can cut intricate curves better than a jigsaw.

Working from a sketch or photograph, Gauman cuts an image up into multiple pieces and then cuts those pieces out of wood. He then assembles the pieces back together recreating the image like a jigsaw puzzle. He takes different shades of stain to bring the image to life.

Each image takes at least a week to create and some custom pieces, a few months.

Because each image is so detailed, Gauman said he likely loses money on the pieces, but he doesn’t mind because it keeps him busy and doing what he loves.

For more information, call (928) 978-0640.

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