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January 29, 2020

RAY MAYNARD stands next to his first project – a big one – his 5- by 2-foot dome clock, made from a pattern. Now Ray makes cuttings a fraction of that size.

Like many kids growing up in impoverished circumstances, Ray Maynard had to use his imagination and a little ingenuity to stay entertained.

The only things he played with were things he could make, like that "go-devil snow scooter."

Starting with the stave of a barrel, he would attach a post and a seat, then slide down a snowy hill.

"That was my whole life. I couldn't buy it; I had to build it," Maynard said. "I was fending for myself. If I wanted something, I knew I had to do it myself."

Maynard, retired from law enforcement at age 44 following heart bypass surgery, once again found himse...

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