Offbeat: Wood Working Wonder - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Bob Snell Reports.

Offbeat: Wood Working Wonder

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - 71 year old Jim Johnson is a carpentar by trade.  Working with wood ever since he was boy, now Jim is building houses around Region 8 and has been for more than 40 years, "...back when Santa Claus didn't come, we made our own toys." says Jim.

But when Jim's not building houses with wood, he's creating wooden things to go inside them.  Jim, "I can pick up a piece of wood and know...the Lord put it in my head.  I can see it before I build it."  And what he sees is almost beyond imagination, "Everything is solid wood, you could park a car on it.  I get these things out of my own mind, head toward that way."

That's why Jim spends almost every waking hour, on the job or at home, cutting through the sawdust and sliding the sander for just the right smooth.  He adds, "I call it piddlin.  That's the way I want to do it.  One table got 17 different kids of wood.  It's fascinating.  Good to kill time to do what you want to do."

You might say Jim Johnson is a wood working wonder.  And sometimes Jim wonders why he's so smitten with wood, "I don't know.  It's just a past time.  Come in tired and wore out...relaxes you and makes you feel easier...not doing anything...do what I want to do." But no matter. It's obvious Jim's wooden wonders are absolutely wonderful.  Jim thinks, "I don't feel like this is working with wood.  Make up things to satisfy my own mind."

Jim Johnson: Definitely a cut above.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Region 8 counties in top ten highest teen birth rates in Arkansas

    Region 8 counties in top ten highest teen birth rates in Arkansas

    Sunday, June 24 2018 9:15 PM EDT2018-06-25 01:15:02 GMT
    Sunday, June 24 2018 9:19 PM EDT2018-06-25 01:19:03 GMT
    Poinsett and Mississippi rank high in teen birth rate. (Source: KAIT-TV)Poinsett and Mississippi rank high in teen birth rate. (Source: KAIT-TV)
    Poinsett and Mississippi rank high in teen birth rate. (Source: KAIT-TV)Poinsett and Mississippi rank high in teen birth rate. (Source: KAIT-TV)

    A study recently showed Poinsett and Mississippi counties in the top ten highest teen birth rates in the state.

    A study recently showed Poinsett and Mississippi counties in the top ten highest teen birth rates in the state.

  • Man killed in Missouri crash

    Man killed in Missouri crash

    Sunday, June 24 2018 10:19 AM EDT2018-06-24 14:19:27 GMT
    Sunday, June 24 2018 10:32 AM EDT2018-06-24 14:32:32 GMT
    Missouri State Highway Patrol (Source: Missouri State Highway Patrol Facebook page)Missouri State Highway Patrol (Source: Missouri State Highway Patrol Facebook page)
    Missouri State Highway Patrol (Source: Missouri State Highway Patrol Facebook page)Missouri State Highway Patrol (Source: Missouri State Highway Patrol Facebook page)

    A Southeast Missouri man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Stoddard County, according to an online crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. 

    A Southeast Missouri man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Stoddard County, according to an online crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. 

  • NEA Humane Society holds cat adoption event

    NEA Humane Society holds cat adoption event

    Saturday, June 23 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-06-23 22:25:19 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 6:48 PM EDT2018-06-23 22:48:36 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Northeast Arkansas Humane Society is hosting a Feline Freedom Adoption Frenzy in honor of July 4th.

    The Northeast Arkansas Humane Society is hosting a Feline Freedom Adoption Frenzy in honor of July 4th.

Powered by Frankly