Although Andrew Myers hasn't worked directly in the building trades since a two-year stint in commercial construction after college, he spends more time driving screws than most drywallers. But then, his specialty is an unusual one: He creates portraits that are a hybrid of painting and sculpture, using wood screws, birch plywood, and artist's oil paints.

The process begins with a pencil sketch that's transferred to a sheet of 3/4 birch plywood. After a 5/8-inch-square grid pattern is lightly scribed on the panel, Myers drills a pilot hole at each of the grid-line intersections, using a portable drill guide to make sure that each hole is perfectly square to the face of the panel.

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