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Bunk beds, hunting-help fashioned in home shop.

Paul Bunyon and the Vikings in Syracuse? Yes, as styles of sturdy, kid-tough bunk beds made right here in Syracuse.

Meet Roy "Jack" Smith. After a career as a full line vending machine mechanic, he retired at 62, and turned his problem solving and tinkering abilities toward his hobby of woodworking. Fourteen years later he has a satisfying little business that started in the basement of his home on Inwood Drive. He and his wife of 57 years, Marion, converted their garage into a showroom. Their daughter Laurie does the sanding and the varnishing.

How do their products hold up? The beds are solid, built tough, definitely made for active kids. The Trimline is Jack's third model bunk bed - a sleeker model often used in hunting and fishing camps. He is an avid Turkey hunter, which has driven their business into a couple of new product. One a lightweight deer blind called "The Jack in the Box" and the other a Turkey Decoy called "The Tominator."

The Jack in the Box is specifically made for the older hunter who has a difficult time in the elements. It's very lightweight and portable, "It's put together without tools," he said.

Jack was particularly excited when an 80-year-old hunter reported he stayed in the blind all day and eventually bagged his deer, after thinking he would never hunt again.

"It's been working like a charm," Jack added.

So far he has only made about 20 or so for friends, but is considering constructing for sale.

The Tominator is a mechanical Turkey stake to mount a decoy on that doesn't use batteries or a remote. "It is hand controlled," he said. "And priced so that Joe Six Pack can easily afford it."

For more information and pricing call 487-7412 and ask for Roy or Jack, as Smith answers to both...

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