Ray Aviation Company

I was born in Kentucky in 1938 and moved to Georgia in 1966 when I met and married a lovely Delta Airline stewardess. We moved to our current home in 1975 when our son started kindergarten at Woodward. I worked for 40 years for an international valuation firm. I have participated in projects in all 50 states and in 17 countries. Needless to say, I was a good Delta Customer. My wife retired in 2000 and I followed in 2002. We always thought we would move when I retired but have been unable to find any place we like better than the Tri-Cities area.

I was looking for a hobby and was guided and inspired by Don Shomaker towards woodworking. I soon figured out I would never develop the skills required to make furniture. I started building unusual airships in 2010. I never had a plan only a rough concept. They were built on the fly as inspiration came to me and the materials I was working with revealed what they wanted to be. All of my folk-art airships are unique and have not and will not be duplicated. Each come with a history. I created these for my own pleasure, never intending to offer them to the public. This is the first time I have participated in an arts fair.