LANCASTER - A lot of people are just letting their tobacco stick lay idle since they stopped raising the crop, but others are finding new life for them.
Russell Ball and his son-in-law, Kendall Barker, decided to make coffee tables and end tables with the sticks as the top. Ball wasn't keen on the idea when it first was suggested by his wife, Joann, and daughter, Leslie Barker.
"I told them they were crazy. Who'd buy a table made out of tobacco sticks?"
He quickly was proven wrong when they made five tables for the 2004 arts and crafts bazaar that benefits Lancaster's Up with Youth program.
The tables were gone the first two hours of the two-day event. This year, they created a dozen end tables and three coffee tables and they still held a lot of appeal.