Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Featured Artist: Scott Phillips

 CF Martin guitar shuttle model..placed in their museum next to the first american guitar in space exhibit.

 Scott with models celebrating the 20th aniversary of the launch of( STS-1) with the first crew....John Young and Bob Crippen.

 Scott on Launch Pad with the final Shuttle (STS-135) with his autographed shuttle model.

Scott with his award winning mantel clock....autographed by the STS-125 Hubble repair team

Featured Artist: Scott Phillips

Scott was born in Bryan, Ohio in 1959. As a young child, Scott loved to work with his hands. He loved to tinker, repair, and build things. Even though he lacked training and sophisticated tools he always had a passion for woodworking.  He felted energized when he could figure out a solution to a problem. Give him an idea and somehow he made it happen. He was blessed with a rich inner life, self-discipline, and the tenacity to create art out of little to nothing.

Scott’s family moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 1977. At the age of 19, Scott began working on the Space Shuttle Program during its infancy. Both woodworking and the Space Shuttle are in his blood. He has been quoted as saying, “I love working with wood, particularly exotic hard words, and I love the Shuttle.” It is evident in his workshop—his museum—where he has pictures, plaques and models all devoted to his hobby and career. Scott recently retired after working 33 years on the Space Shuttle Program.

Scott’s inspiration comes from nature. When most people look at trees, they see bark, leaves and branches. He sees beyond that to the characteristics of each type of wood and sees what it will look like when it is blended with other types of wood.  All wood goes beautifully together—nature made them that way. Scott gets a real kick out of seeing all the colors come to life when he applies the finishing touches to a model.  He crafts the one-of-a-kind shuttle art pieces out of exotic woods for astronauts, NASA personnel, and other space and woodworking enthusiasts. Each model is thoroughly documented to ensure he doesn’t build the same model twice. Many of his models are dedicated to missions and signed by the astronauts who flew on that mission. 

Scott is currently working on his book, Remove Before Flight, which is scheduled to be released in 2012. He is an aerospace patent holder, musician, songwriter, space historian, space memorabilia collector, and a member of the CollectSpace website community.  Scott lives in Harvest, Alabama with his wife, Dianne, and their two sons, Christian and Tyler.

Scott’s guiding principle is Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

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