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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Paul Troyano has been working with wood for about thirty years and counting. It’s something he genuinely enjoys doing and takes inspiration from Mother Nature.

“Nothing is straight, nothing is the same, it’s all one-of-a-kind that way,” says craftsman Paul Troyano.

No two bowls, chairs, lamps or bow ties are identical.

Paul puts a little bit of himself in every piece.

“The inspiration is just to get contrast and color in there, which it does,” says Troyano.

Paul uses a variety of wood including downed trees for his creations.

The majority of his work is recycled.

“Pine, Redwood, Cypress, Avocado, Norfolk Pine and Willow,” says Troyano.

Paul’s creations replicate Mother Nature’s designs right down to the legs of this game table.

And part of the creative process includes as “Q” and “A” session with the artist himself.

“How would nature hold a table? -the legs are twisted, they go from one corner to another and the table is sort of elongated,” says Troyano.

Paul learned the woodworking craft in New York where he apprenticed with a carpenter. Soon thereafter, he met his wife, a New Orleans native.

And the rest is history.

“It’s a piece of me, definitely,” says Troyano.