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January 30, 2012

After he retired as school psychologist, Louisiana’s Kenny Greig started as second career as a craftsman.

The New Iberia native started in 1975 with stained glass. In the 1990s, the largely self-taught artist expanded his work to include metal, stone and wood.

While Greig prefers various exotic woods for his cutting boards, he uses “sinker” cypress wood for his handsome serving trays.

Sinker cypress wood comes from massive cypress logs that were harvested between 50 and 150 years ago. Some of the logs that were cut during those harvests sank and were left behind by loggers.

Now, with new equipment, many of those sinker logs have been discovered and pulled from lake and river bottoms. Artists, like Greig, then use the logs to make various wood products.

Greig’s hand-cut and hand-made trays are roughly 13 inches by 20 inches. No two trays are the same thanks to the color variations and imperfections in the wood.

The trays are $75 and $95 (with a natural edge) at www.louisianaliving.com.

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