People With A Passion: Wooden Christmas Crafts


POSTED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 4:37pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 8:48am

MCALLEN - Just inside the doors of the Country Omelette there is more than just breakfast waiting. Down the hallway before the restaurant are shelves and rows of holiday wooden crafts. Each one of those crafts is hand-made by Tom Miller.

"I used to teach industrial arts. I used to teach wood shop. And I used to teach manufacturing," said Tom Miller, wood craftsmen.

But the now retired Miller, has taken his love of crafting and used it to make products that don't sit on make-shift shelves long.

"I always told the folks that if they see something they like buy it, because there is a good chance it won't be here long," said Miller.

The designs aren't Miller's. They come from an artist named Julie White, but Miller has permission to recreate her work.

"Well it says right in her books for fun and profit. So I do it for fun and profit," chuckles Miller.

People browse the baskets of ornaments, seasonal placks, reindeer rockers and the replicas of old Saint Nick. And it never takes long for one of those folks to pull out a check or cash and quickly give it over for their own craft.

"The finish sells it, I don't sell my stuff, I don't try to get up and get people to buy, because they will buy it if they like it," said Miller.

One glance at any one item gives no doubt that this is Miller's passion.

"I believe my creator endowed my with this skill. And I love to do it and it's fun. It allows me to do something for my lord," said Miller.

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