I swear, my stepfather is one of the most brilliant men I have ever met. You will probably never read anything he's written, though; his brilliance is mostly expressed in stuff he does with his hands. Like his house, for example. It is earth-sheltered on three sides, and he built the overwhelming majority of it himself. To the best of my recollection, he had someone else lay the foundation and apply the gunite for the earth-sheltered sides of the house, and did everything else himself.
He made these nunchaku for me some months ago. Don't know a thing about using 'em yet, but I'll get 'round to it. They're made of bodark, or Osage Orange.
This is one of his pepper mills.
This is a decorative "egg" he made.
This is an earring stand and a couple of sets of earrings. He made it all.
A bracelet made of Osage Orange.