By Chris Wright
on 3.28.13
Photo by Commoner, for Smith Journal

Ships in a bottle have all the wonder of a parlor trick without the gimmickry. Modeling combines with magic to turn wood and glass into a beautifully crafted enigma. Somewhere around the 1:10 minute mark, when Ray Gascoigne discusses switching from American Yellow Pine to Western Red Cedar, you’ll realize that you want to take the time to meet this man, see him work his craft, listen to him tell his time-worn stories. Just try not to smile when he explains how he “Just likes looking at ‘em. Like what I’ve done”, as pride spreads briefly across his face.

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