Although most famous for its dinosaur collection presided over by Jack Horner (the paleontologist who consulted on Jurassic Park, not the Boogie Nights bone doctor), the Museum of the Rockies also hosts non-reptilian exhibits, including The Fine Art of Woodworking: a jaw-dropping display of mostly for-sale (and yeah, really expensive) works that blend traditional Western craftsmanship with modernity, natural disaster souvenirs, and fly-fishing lures.
Portable Fly-Tying Box: Carved from tiger maple, bloodwood, and ebony, Philip Pontillo's contribution smells of rich mahogany, because it's lined with mahogany suede. He can also set you up with Asian Cabinet on Stand.
Prairie Chandelier: Self-taught former remodeling contractor Todd Clippinger drew inspiration for this piece from the mecca of fine woodworking art: a parking garage in Cleveland.
Shake: Troy Evans' dry bar is made from bubinga, iron, and an ash plinth salvaged from a 1936 earthquake along the Big Hole River, which originates in the Beaverhead Mountains. Neither of those names is made up.
End of the Line: If you're all like, "Can a woodworking fan get a wet bar?", Mike Roths' scale model of a 1920s caboose has you covered, complete with hand-forged metal parts. You can check out all of its exacting details here.
The Copper Baron Feasts: Ed Grunseth's walnut, cherry wood, and cowhide dining set recaptures that special time in history when mining was king, and the question "Where can a man get rich enough to buy museum-worthy furniture?" was always answered with "Why, Butte, of course".
Doug LaMont "Cantilever" image courtesy of Patrick Downs Photography