Proving that what the Czechs lack in vowels, they make up for in crftsmnshp: Gregg Frnka, a Ft. Worth architect who ransacks landfills and more for abandoned materials to turn into something great, kinda like Ashton Kutcher, except this guy's stuff really is good. What he does:
Bottle Stoppers: Made from salvaged wood atop a chrome-and-silicone base, these are topped with found goodness like half and silver dollars from the '20s-'40s, vintage furniture pull knobs, even a chrome "Don't Mess With Texas" medallion (good luck -- you're wearing a medallion!).
Cutting Boards & Serving Trays: Stained then hit with multiple coats of lacquer or mineral oil, some of these have turquoise insets, while others are shaped like a painter's palette; a selection's actually made outta wood recovered from the Murphy High School Gym after a new floor was laid the wrong way (under the stands, during a pep rally?).
Miscellany: One-offs include a cedar and stainless steel clock, an oil/ vinegar bottle collaged with TX cutouts (state seal, Alamo, etc.), pens wrapped in a circuit-board pattern, and a wooden gear shift knob, for when you're Oaksmobile wants to make like a tree.
Frnka's also got bowls and gourds that'll turn your dining table into a rustic fun-fest, and will do custom orders for anything else you'd like to buy. Well, except a vowel.
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