In 1942, after returning from World War II, Cal Wylie's father purchased a Shopsmith multipurpose tool. He used the Shopsmith to make his 6 year-old son, Cal, a rocking horse. This same tool sparked Cal's interest in woodworking when he was about 14 years of age. This initiated a hobby that eventually turned into a career.
After Cal's recent marriage, he decided that he needed some extra income. He knew a lot about woodworking and had a sizable interest in custom creations, so he made up his mind to start his own business. One factor that significantly determined the direction that Mr. Wylie would take in his new business was his particular fondness for canes. These canes, however, could not have the "run of the mill designs". While Cal was searching for information on the internet, he came upon the website of Legacy Woodworking Machinery. After trying a couple of the "other things" that were available, Mr. Wylie decided to purchase one of their Legacy Ornamental Mills.
Cal's very first project was presented at a local woodworking workshop. He was speaking enthusiastically to another workshop attendee about all the things he could do with his new Legacy, when she told him to "put his work where his mouth was" and hired him to build her a spiral staircase for her cabin. Cal was able to use the indexing system on the Legacy to precisely mill the horizontal mortises on the center post every 27 degrees at tread height intervals.
During the next six weeks Cal spent about 80 hours to complete the project, including a pre-installation trial-run at the Wylie shop to make sure the staircase would fit in his client's cabin. Considering this was the first time Cal had ever tackled any project that big, that's not bad at all.
Cal genuinely believes in the powerful combination of one's imagination and a Legacy Ornamental Mill. He also appreciates the ease by which his Legacy Mill allows him to transfer his mental images into reality. "I am a perfectionist. I always think I could have done something better than I did, but the Legacy made everything easier and more accurate than I thought possible."