But nothing was quite like the 1/2-scale fire truck he built for a client in
"I never turn away from a challenge and this was definitely a challenge I wanted to take on," he said. "I had to make everything by hand from the ground up."
Woods spent three months designing and building the replica of a 1930s fire truck -- placed around a motorscooter -- for
Impson said he was amazed with the artist's work.
"It went way beyond my expectations. I was blown away when I saw the truck. It was perfect," he said.
Impson said he bought the scooter two years ago with no specific plans for it. The scooter was in disrepair and "it was gathering dust in the warehouse."
Woods' wife Zuesette is Impson's marketing director, and at a holiday party,
They settled on a fire truck replica because Impson's company's services include fire restoration, and the firm sponsors charity events supported by
Woods said the fire truck was the only true vehicle he has created; the closest he came before was a sidecar for a
The 53-year-old artist found photos of an old fire truck online, and used those as a guide.
At the heart of the fire truck is the scooter.
He took the front wheel off the scooter and fashioned an axle so the wheels would turn with the handlebars.
Woods said he wanted to make it look authentic, so he created such equipment as fire hoses, a fire bell and fire axes. He also fashioned a working sprayer hooked to a tank that can carry 15 gallons of water.
Woods said he had to be ever mindful of weight because the motor scooter's 8 horse- power engine wasn't powerful enough to propel a big load.
Impson said the 4-foot-high, 12-foot-long red truck will be used in parades, festivals and company promotions.
The truck was unveiled in public for the first time at the Brandon
Zuesette Woods said the company plans to enter the fire truck in many events, such as the
Paul Davis Restoration is a national franchisor and provider of water, fire and mold cleanup and restoration services.
"It's all self taught. I didn't go to college for it,"
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