: having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas
: using the ability to make or think of new things : involving the process by which new ideas, stories, etc., are created
I can think of no better word to define good friend Rick Sturtz and what must go on when the synapses are firing inside his mind. He invented “thinking outside the box.” He’s one of those people who has a canny ability to see things different (taking nothing from Steve Jobs here) no matter what his endeavor.
Over the years, and especially since he and wife Toni moved “down the road” as country neighbors, a highlight of my day would be stopping by their home for a visit. I’d be pretty much guaranteed the best cup of coffee in the world and some stimulating conversation, ranging from the beauty of their restored prairie and farmstead, to living life in retirement (not me yet) to his latest projects. No one could be more excited to share things he’s working on than Rick.
“So what’s with the lights?” I’d asked recently. Word on the street (dusty dirt and gravel roads of the Town of Hewett anyway) is he’d started a company tackling the world of buying, refurbishing and selling old industrial lights. Now Ricks talent as an artist in the woodworking field is well known, where he creates magical pieces of furniture from stockpiles of amazing wood. Rick is a true wood connoisseur, but old lights?
Rick always has had a menagerie of things he finds and repurposes-again, thinking outside the box. I’d seen some of his lights in their remodeled farmhouse and a local supper club and they are very interesting pieces. I love them. It seems now he’s jumped in with both feet. I was dazzled by the variety of lights hung from every nook and cranny of his workshop, even spilling out the door. He’d wisely decided that instead of going the ebay route, a more professional tactic would be creating a web page with examples of his best inventory. By chance I was invited to just hang out and monitor Rick and son Eric’s progress in photographing these intriguing pieces. Of course, my camera was in hand and I could photograph the photographers, plus ramble around the shop and record anything else of interest-no shortage there.