When life gets really hectic and you feel swamped with things to do, it’s always amazing to think of people with ridiculous hobbies. I know that no matter how busy I am, there’s always someone building a ship in a bottle or a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge with toothpicks.
A guy in Wisconsin has carved a replica of Mount Rushmore in cheddar. BBC has a story here.
Best quote from the article: “It’s amazing where the power of cheese has taken me over the years.”
The power of cheese! I always knew there was something there.
I was amazed by this waste of resource until I read that he had actually been commissioned to carve the block by a cracker company (looks like Cheez-It from the picture). My opinion of this guy changed. He’s probably the world leader of cheese carvers. If you need a cheese sculpture, he’s your man.
I once worked with a guy who was an expert on one particular obscure investment banking trading system. I was amazed that this one application was all he was interested in. I asked why he didn’t get into web development or .net to diversify his skill portfolio. He didn’t need to. The amount of money he was paid to work on his system dwarfed by daily rate considerably. He was highly paid because he was unique. He was probably one of a few dozen people who could do what he did and I’m sure he looked at me with my popular skillset as being crazy for not finding something obscure. He could be the best in the world at the one system he works on.
Troy Landwehr, the cheese carving artist, has found a unique niche. He’s probably the best in the world (I would think). I’m sure he would never trade that for a 9-to-5 job.