WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — Rick Cusson found his craft around a lathe.

“A lot of times I don’t know when I start exactly what it’s going to look like ’til I’m finished,” said Rick, who first started working with wood in shop class. “The teacher gave me an A-minus on it. That got me psyched up to work harder after that.”

Now, in his later years, turning wood has turned into a business. he makes everything from pens, ornaments, hummingbird houses and rolling pens.

“I just love to do it,” he said as he etched the ends of a rolling pen on one of his many lathes. “This one was my Christmas present to myself last year.”

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It’s an art that Rick hopes more of our youth will pick up.

“It’s a shame they don’t have shop class and stuff in schools now,” Rick said. “It’s a good thing … and they need to teach people to do it.”

You can find Rick and his work on Facebook.