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Since Shawn Bentz’s father introduced him to woodworking 12 years ago, it has become his passion. Bentz, a full-time instructor at the International School of Columbus, joined the Saturday Columbus Farmer’s Market in downtown Columbus last year as a way to supplement his income while doing something he loves. He hopes to one day pass on his woodworking knowledge to his 4-year-old son, Jackson.
Q: What do you sell?
A: Puzzles, pens and pencils, display boxes, cutting boards, and necklaces.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Books, photographs, ideas that people pass on to me; some are completely random.
Q: What are your most popular items?
A: Currently, cutting boards and puzzles.
Q: Where do you find the time to do your woodworking?
A: Most of the time, I stay up late and work after I get home from teaching.
Q: What is your favorite thing to make?
A: I think the items I enjoy making the most are the wooden puzzles because I am able to be the most creative with them. While I have a general pattern for many puzzles, I can alter these on a whim and do something completely different.
Q: Why has woodworking become such a niche market?
A: It is just like sports and music. There are so many people who will push the limit of what can be made. The quest for a more artistic and quality item has made this a more specialized hobby.
Q: What does Jackson think of your hobby?
A: My son already follows me down to the basement and acts like he is cutting and hammering on his little workbench. I want to expose him to as many different creative experiences as I can.
Where to go
Columbus Farmer’s Market — 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays downtown in the Cummins Inc. parking lot, 501 Brown St., across from Mill Race Park.
Columbus City Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, FairOaks Mall parking lot, 2380 25th St., between Carson’s and JC Penney stores.
Jennings County Farmers Market — 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, North Vernon City Park on North State Street.
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