Award-Winning Carpenter Makes Mini-Houses on Busy Street
Past the strip malls and restaurants, Tom Swearingjen is hard at work on the side of East Brainerd Road. This master carpenter doesn't care for blue prints or plans when he's crafting his pint-sized projects. "I stand back and eyeball it and think that looks good," Swearingjen says. "That looks straight."
He cuts his own lumber with his travel-sized saw mill and then goes to work with his grandson's extra set of hands. And while he uses a measuring tape as he frames his foundation, it's certainly NOT his Bible.
"I have built the floors crooked," he says, "intentionally skewed and that presents a little bit of a problem if you were a carpenter. But if you are an artist and you got a chainsaw you just let everything stick over and cut it off."
These mini-makeshift mansions come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes cut for custom orders or whatever comes to this carpenter's mind. "It's just that artist thing. I like to build things. I like to see it come together. When I picture it in my mind, it's not the same as when you see it in real life."
Sometimes the finished products serve as playhouses, others a design for an adult.
"It's Chattanooga artists, the money stays in Chattanooga," says Good World Goods owner Victoria York. She sells Swearingjen's designs. "It doesn't get any better than that."
But while his scale may be small, Swearingjen says his pieces are built to last. "I hope they enjoy it until their children come along and then they play in it."
By: Latricia Thomas
US economy slows to 2.6 percent growth in fourth quarter
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014 as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other areas.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
SUGE KNIGHT KILLS MAN WITH CAR
COMPTON, Calif. (AP) -- There are a lot of conflicting accounts about what happened yesterday when Suge (SHUG) Knight was behind the wheel of a vehicle that hit two men, killing one of them.
SUPER BOWL-FIRE ALARM
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady isn't losing any sleep -- at least not when the fire alarm goes off.
IN THE NEWS: REPORTER CLAIMS COMPUTER WAS HACKED BY FEDS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Justice Department official is disputing claims by a former CBS News correspondent that the Feds secretly monitored her personal computer.