Texas Craftsman Creates Beautiful Art Out of Wood

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NEVADA, TEXAS -- Right on the edge of Nevada, Texas sits Steve Munroe's home filled to the ceiling with wood.

"I started to do this wood work I would say a little over 10 years ago when I was just getting ready to retire," Munroe said.

No, he doesn't stock firewood.  He stocks canvas.

"And, to me, it's fun."

Yep, Munroe fell in love with making art out of wood.

"I didn't know nothing about it. I didn't know nothing about computers at all. And I taught myself all of this," he told NewsFix.

It doesn't involve carving by hand, but using a computer, a calculator, one machine that cuts smaller pieces with a laser. And another, he designed himself that carves out beautiful 3D images.

"Gonna try to show my machine, huh?" he said while laughing.

Yeah, it's top secret.

This craftsman, who grew up on a dairy farm in Massachusetts, is so good at crafting art, he's won first place at the State Fair of Texas.

"I've come away total out of there about seven or eight ribbons."

What started as a hobby has turned into a lucrative business, SDM Woodworkings.  In fact, he's had to turn customers away.

"I've made toy boxes, headboards. I've sent stuff to Europe. I've sent crosses to Russia."

"This would be ideal for a young fellow to get into 'cause he could write his own ticket," Munroe said.

Not everything this Air Force vet creates has a set price, like an image of a soldier.

"I usually say, well, just give me what you can. I say he paid the price. That's enough."

This isn't about the money.

"To me, whether I sell anything or not, I'm content. It's a way you might say to keep my sanity instead of just sitting there watching the boob tube. I wouldn't trade it for nothing."

Munroe credits The Man Above for giving him a new purpose during his golden years.

"He has a reason for me being here. Hey, I'm 72. I go one day at a time now, baby."

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