GLOBE - It’s not too far a stretch of the imagination for Steve Davis, rural Douglas County, to see a connection between life as a United States Marine and his current occupation as a stained glass artist.
"I went from blowing stuff up to putting broken glass together," he said. "What’s not to love? I really get into this. I like doing this."
Davis said his relatively new career of creating beautiful art from bits of glass was a surprise to him as much as it was to his father, David Anderson, at the Globe Art Glass store seven years ago, not far from Overbrook, Kansas.
"I served in the Marines for 20 years and traveled all over," Davis said. "By the time I was 30 years old, I had been to 33 different countries. I never stayed anywhere long. I had a job that they just put me on a plane and I went. That’s what I did."
Though he grew up in Kansas near Ottawa, Anderson and his father, David Anderson, never knew each other, until one day about seven years ago, a family member let out a secret that had been kept more than four decades.
"I was living on the East Coast at the time, but I came back here and stepped inside this shop where he was working on his own stained glass projects and asked if he was my dad," Davis said. "We’ve got along ever since."
Davis can be a lot more specific about what he does now, in the realm of stained glass art, than he is about the years from 1977-99 that he spent serving his country as a Marine, or even about how he found his genetic roots.
"My life has been a lot of chaos," Davis said. "This here, this gives me peace. I love the quiet, I love cleaning up old pieces and restoring them to their glory. It’s real therapy for me."
The tools Davis uses are fairly simple, a mallet hammer, a soldering pen, special glass cutting scissors, poster board and paper for patterns. The trick to making a unique stained glass art item is patience and time, plus a little bit of creativity and good humor.
"I already have four or five days into this project," Davis said, referring to a special request cardinal on budding tree branches. "Sometimes I get frustrated, but that is what the hammer is for. There is always a way to fix it, make it new. I love the satisfaction of a finished product."
Globe Art Glass designs may be viewed online at a Facebook page of that same name. Or a visit to the quiet art studio near the intersection of 56 Highway and 1029 County Road near Overbrook, Kansas is worth the trip. A website also shows the intricate work done by a son and father combo who have found therapy in art at www.Globeartglass.com