Tales from the Cabin

The Magic of Santa Claus

One man’s passion brings Christmas cheer to believers everywhere
By Emily Hare
Published: October 5, 2012
Santas Sleigh
Courtesy www.santavisitstheworld.com
For Gregg Turk, a retired woodworker and contractor of 30 years, being at home in Somerville, Ala., is a lot like living the cabin life. His house, which he built piece by piece over many years, is in a secluded location in the mountains, invisible to those at the end of his quarter-mile driveway.
    During the day, Turk spends most of his time in his large wood shop, tinkering on current pieces. In the evening, he is content to sit and watch the sun set on his property. It is in these quiet moments that he finds inspiration for new woodworking projects.
    “The sawdust is kind of in my nose and in my blood, and I can’t get away from it,” says Turk. “That’s my life … I get to do things that just make me smile.”
    Besides woodworking, there is something else that Turk does that makes him smile. Something he is also very passionate about. He gets to be Santa Claus.
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