Making Art Creation His Craft
LaRue, Jennifer, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)
In a garage in Medical Lake, machinery and tools have taken over. There is a planer - a woodworking machine for making boards of equal thickness - table and miter saws, a router table, a dust collector, various hand tools, and many types of wood.
This is where woodworker Jim Everman satisfies his need to make things. A fan of the Arts and Crafts movement, Everman builds clocks, furniture, mantles, and cigar box guitars.
It began when Everman was in the Air Force, stationed in South Dakota in 1972. His wife, Bev, wanted to frame some pictures so he made frames. "After that, I just started making things that we needed and wanted," he said.
Walking around his home, he points to things he made - a grandfather-type clock that doubles as a display shelf, a room divider and a rack holding quilts made by Bev's mother and grandmothers. His works are heirloom pieces, meant to be handed down the generations and, unlike factory-made items, they contain a piece of the heart of the artist himself.
"What I really like is when I know that a piece I have made is appreciated and used in someone else's house," he said, "It makes me feel good to know that."
What Everman does is simply make stuff. "I've made soap and candles. I've tanned hides," he said."I made a lamp out of an old teapot I found in the Black Hills and stretched a hide over a punch bowl to make a drum. Really, I just do stuff and make things."
Recently, he found an old tin film container at an antique store thatcould be made into either a banjo or a dulcimer guitar, he said. …