Lance's Journal: Golf Ball Art, Mar. 19

Over the years, Lance Schwartz has introduced us to some pretty unique art forms. But until now, we have never met an artist who uses the rubber inside golf balls as his canvas.

He's not an actual golfer. But there are very few people that know golf balls like Myles Dymacek. He is a natural born carver. He grew up in Crete carving not wood, but linoleum.

Eventually, he graduated to wood and then 20 years ago, he saw a picture of a woman in a magazine carving faces into used golf balls.

And just like that, Myles found what he calls the perfect therapy for his arthritic hands and his mind.

It doesn't take a lot to make Myles happy. Just give him some classic country music, some good sharp knives, and some colorful golf ball and he is good to go, "The first golf ball I carved was 1991." And he's been transforming them ever since. "I've probably carved somewhere near 5,000. And it never gets old. "I know what I want it to look like when I finish. It doesn't always happen that way, but it's a real sense of satisfaction when you make something out of nothing," says Myles.

When he has a knife in one hand and a golf ball in the other, this retired Lincoln Public Schools history teacher is in his own little world. And it's a world that is filled with instant gratification. No waiting for wood to dry out, this 73 year old just picks up an old golf ball, cuts half of the cover off and starts creating, :"I got a little bag over here and I can pick up my bag and go get my oil changed and while I'm getting my oil changed I'm carving golf balls. I could do it anywhere."

"It's rewarding in that you do sell them, but I think it's more rewarding when I see the look on a person's face, 'Oh, you're really giving me that ball!'"


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