Ryan Hays Construction dispatches insured professionals to tend to homes inside and out, tackling projects that range from large renovations to small fixes. The skilled workers outfit kitchens with custom cabinets, gussy up dining rooms with new mantels, and enliven bathrooms with tile work. The technicians also confront plumbing and electrical problems and install windows to let in natural light or doors to let in guests who refuse to use the chimney. On the exterior of homes, the workers brighten houses with coats of paint, renew roofs, and seal decks against wear and tear caused by the elements.
Prague-born Filip Vogelpohl kindled his passion for glass blowing within his Boise home garage. As his knack for flame-working increased, Vogelpohl left the garage and traveled the world, honing his craft under the tutelage of internationally renowned glass blowers. Now, Vogelpohl welcomes fledgling glass blowers into his studio for small group classes. He also invites spectators to watch the studio's artists as they shape molten glass and borosilicate into jewelry or vases, which then go up for sale in the gallery. On the first Thursday of every month, the furnaces keep firing until 9 p.m. during free glass-blowing demonstrations as a part of the First Thursday Art Walk.
In 1971, Michael Sowers taught himself how to throw clay in a high-school art class. The classroom had a functioning pottery wheel, but the instructor didn't know how to use it, so Michael began checking out instructional books from the library to support his fledgling interest.
Ever since, he's been molding masses of clay into plates and vessels, preserving their shapes with the heat of a 2,350-degree kiln. His work is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing—subtly hued french butter dishes hold a quarter pound of butter in water, keeping it fresh for up to a month, and grater plates come equipped with a built-in shredder for garlic, ginger, parmesan cheese, or CIA documents. Sowers seals each piece with a lead-free glaze used by potters since the time of the Ming dynasty, ensuring that customers can safely send his pottery through a dishwasher or heat them in a microwave or oven.
The team at JSC Handyman Services Inc draws from an arsenal of talents from years of experience in the construction business, which it uses to build and repair structures in and around customers’ homes. Skill with caulks and drywall enables craftsmen to build new walls within homes and seal brick walls to reduce moisture. They also slather walls with fresh coats of paint and hang large canvases in living and family rooms. JSC Handyman Services Inc offers full HVAC services, including boilers, heaters, and air-conditioners. Damaged roofs, broken fences, and chipped baseboards look new after they finishes their repairs. The company even designs and builds custom pet houses that give pups their own space, lowering the possibility that they’ll lock their owners out when they want to throw a party.