Just a bunch of scrap wood is all it was. Rejects and leftovers. Typical construction byproduct. Unwanted and discarded discarded...

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Just a bunch of scrap wood is all it was.

Rejects and leftovers.

Typical construction byproduct.

Unwanted and discarded.

“There must be something else to do with it beside burn it or turn it into compost,” thought Paul Vexler.

Co-founder of Quantum Windows & Doors in Everett, he’s had lots of years to think about that.

And look at it now.

Giant, slowly twirling helixes. One 35 feet long and 8 feet tall; wheels of grace and elegance and fluidity and geometry and balance and symmetry.

The science of art? Or the art of science?

All that scrap joined in a new way.

Mathematical lace.

Out of Vexler’s head, through his hands and into the air.

He’s investigating “position over time.” Says he sees the similarities to sign waves in an oscilloscope.

You don’t need to know any of that.

Just look at this scrap-heap ballet of oak and mahogany and fir.

“I didn’t want being a wood-product manufacturer to be my last career,” he says, 60 years old now. Previously a high-school art teacher, carpenter, contractor.

“Once I gave art and sculpture a chance, I knew this was it.

“There’s always the possibility that things could go wrong and I’ll be pounding nails again.”

But this is what comes of taking that chance.