National Geographic : 1990 Aug
"The pride Milton feels when carving his walking sticks comes through when you see how he handles them. He works each one meticulously, wraps it carefully, and puts it away. He maintains a private collection as a legacy for his family." "I see something in the wood before I ever start carving. The wood tells you what's in there. That's right, it tells you!" says master craftsman Milton Oliver Jews, who has been carving ele gant walking sticks in his South Philadelphia basement for more than 20 years. Most of these pieces began as scrap wood scavenged from trash piles, construction sites, and city parks. Yet generations of black Philadelphians have carried the finished sticks with pride.