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Oklahoma Man Turns Hobby Into Career

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Michael Benton calls it a hobby that got out of hand. Michael Benton calls it a hobby that got out of hand.
Benton’s specialty is called marquetry - inlaying a picture or design into wood. Benton’s specialty is called marquetry - inlaying a picture or design into wood.
The best seller, however, the thing that keeps the lasers humming, is engagement ring boxes. The best seller, however, the thing that keeps the lasers humming, is engagement ring boxes.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

It's not everyone who finds a job that doesn't feel like work, but one Tulsa man found great joy by ditching the time-clock.

Michael Benton calls it a hobby that got out of hand.

He said it started as a way to provide stress relief from a job he didn't love, until one day he said, why not.

"We do clocks, jewelry boxes, humidors – hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind type pieces," he said.

Benton’s specialty is called marquetry - inlaying a picture or design into wood.

"There's probably 17 different kinds of wood used in the face of that," he explained.

He calls himself a lover of technology - using computerized lasers to cut out designs and the pieces to inlay - but the assembly of the very intricate jigsaw puzzles is all done by hand.

"This takes about 8 hours to do this piece," Benton said.

Right now, he’s working on a piece for a retiring police officer with the New York Port Authority. The best seller, however, the thing that keeps the lasers humming, is engagement ring boxes - they have dozens.

Benton said, "We sell anywhere from two or three a day to 20 a day."

Each one has an inlaid design on top and can be inscribed inside; and, on the off chance she says “no,” there’s a money back guarantee.

Benton does all his business online – you can find more information here.

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