I worked with Scott Phillips for a good chunk of his 33 years as a NASA support contractor, working on the External Tank. This is a nice interview with Scott, but it really doesn’t convey well enough the beauty of his Shuttle models. He might use two dozen different types of wood, some ordinary like cedar, some exotic like zebrawood or, my favorite, chestnut from an ancient chopping block that he found. Each model comes with his certificate, photographs, and detailed notes on how he made it. IIRC, he told me once that it took him about 200 hours to make a model.
It’s incredible where his woodworking talent has taken him – to meet probably every astronaut in the corps and some truly living legends. I hope he is enjoying his retirement, and I’m saving my pennies for one of his models.