It's been said that no great artist sees things how they really are.
Where most of us see trees, Paul Hoffman sees something else.
"I sort of feel like it's almost a little buried treasure, y'know?"
"I look at trees all the time and I see table legs, or a chair, all kinds of things."
Just waiting to be dug up.
"Most of my ideas just pop into my head, sort of like that dream. I'll just see an image in my head."
The work that Hoffman does – the mirrors, the tables – are done meticulously. Much of it out of scrap wood. A reclamation project.
Which, when you know a little bit more about Paul, is fitting.
"I just used to drink all the time. It really almost transferred from doing something that was causing havoc in everybody's life to doing something I love."
Hoffman began woodworking 12 years ago.
"Some of my best times times are just carving away, creating and seeing it take form."
For the past four years and four months, one project has kept Hoffman up at night.
"A lot of nights I was out with a lamp, take the lampshade off, working in the dark."
The swing, made entirely out of an old tree he cut down, is artfully crafted.
"The thing will swing for hours. Once it starts, it's kind of hard to stop it."
And like Paul Hoffman, it's still a work in progress.
"Everybody loves it. I've heard a lot of comments like it's the best swing they've ever seen, and I've thought about it and yeah, I guess it is."
"I guess I can say that without being too boastful."
Paul figures there's got to be a place for his work, big as it is.
"Yeah, it sort of seems like a shame to sit out covered up for the winter. It would be nice to sell it or display it somewhere."
In the meantime, he'll share it with his daughter, Brianna.
"I think it's great. She thinks it's great."
Hoffman says motivation to finish the swing is sometimes hard to come by, but he keeps pressing on. For one, it's a distraction, that keeps him focused.
"Really to me I think, if I start drinking again, I think of all this stuff disappearing."
For this artist, that, is how things really are.
"I didn't really know how it was going to come out, but it came out pretty good."
Though he hasn't put a pricetag on it, Hoffman figures his swing could fetch upward of $50,000.