Some years ago I learned about the machining technology program at the local community college, A-B Tech. I was so fascinated that I signed up for courses in CAD programming. As a student, I had access to a CNC milling machine, which among other things, I used to cut some pieces of Bakelite for my wife's jewelry.

     Later, after I purchased a machine of my own, I did more work for Sharon, and took on other interesting projects. These included making a brass presidential medallion for the president of A-B Tech, producing a 3D topographic map, including buildings and roads, of the A-B Tech campus, and most recently, making custom stamps for potters.

This is a stepped topographic map of a section of Herron Cove, just north of Asheville. It is carved in Cherry with a tung oil finish.