Home' Nonahood News : NONA 080116 Contents Back to school in the Nonahood is
rapidly approaching. With the first day
on the horizon, it is time to start think-
ing about what style choices to make.
From what’s on trend, to what’s making
a comeback (ahem, the ‘90s), to what will
be comfortable, the options are endless.
Wondering what’s on trend this
back-to-school season? Sneakers. Most
schools encourage shoes with a back, so
that’s the best option to be stylish, com-
fortable and trendy. There are a multi-
tude of options when it comes to choos-
ing the right pair, which makes it all the
more fun. Toms, Vans and Adidas are all
comfortable choices if you’re looking to
go neutral. If you’re a little more on the
eclectic side or gravitate toward color,
check out sneakers from brands like
Converse, Nike or New Balance.
If you haven’t heard, the ‘90s are
back and in full force. The ‘90s were a
decade of high-waisted jeans, matching
separates, halter-tops, plaid, bomber
jackets, and overalls. If you’re unsure
about which style to rock first, start out
slow and go with what makes you feel
most comfortable and keep your color
options neutral. Graphic tees are also a
great option to pair with shorts or high-
Athleisure (short for athletic leisure)
is another style that is not only cur-
rently popular and all over runways, it
is also comfortable and stylish for kids
and adults alike. Athleisure is clothing
that is designed for working out but
also can be worn in a casual, work or
social setting. However, there are some
rules required. Performance fabrics are
necessary so that the clothing isn’t see-
through. Also, try to stay on color trend.
Black is a constant go-to, but now there
are so many more options on the mar-
ket in athleisure, like nude and dark
grey. Lastly, keep it appropriate! By no
means is athleisure an excuse to wear
plain, old gym clothes all day. It takes a
bit more planning than that, and don’t
be afraid to dress it up with a pair of
plain stud earrings or a tennis bracelet.
Temperatures are not on the decline
here in Central Florida, and that makes
styling a bit tricky when the rest of the
country has pulled out their boots and
light scarves. For Floridians, back to
school doesn’t necessarily mean jeans
and jackets. Particularly in the Nona-
hood, it is normal to walk or bike to
school. When pairing together an outfit,
be mindful of the fact that the building
will be much cooler, so it’s smart to keep
a super light sweater in your backpack.
For the boys, back-to-school style is
a great time to change up your haircut.
The ‘90s came with high-top fades and
mohawks, both of which can totally
boost your entire outfit and make a
statement. Pair a graphic tee with your
favorite shorts, a functional backpack,
and some sneakers, and you’re prepped
and ready for homeroom.
Panthers? Knights? Lions? No mat-
ter your school mascot, don’t be afraid
to put a spin on your school colors and
rock your school’s nickname. Accesso-
ries are your best friends if you enjoy
wearing a school uniform. Try funky
socks, fun hair bows, and jewelry to
show your authentic personality even
while staying within dress code. If you
aren’t into backpacks, try a fun tote
to carry your things. When shopping,
stick with totes that have a thick strap
so disaster doesn’t strike and all of your
belongings fall out. School colors can
often make decisions easier while out
shopping, and don’t forget to take into
account which shades look best on you.
Back to School, Back to Style
The idea behind “Make
Nona” is local residents work-
ing together to create interest-
ing projects. I am always on
the lookout for cool projects,
and I love hearing the stories
behind them. One such project
caught my eye, and I reached
out to the maker to find out
more about it. He was willing
to share some details about the
project and his experience.
Scott Salaman is a resident
of Laureate Park and is a com-
mercial pilot. I noticed that he
recently posted pictures of a
wing desk he created for his
office. The desk is quite unique
and is a combination of metal,
wood and glass. Here are some
of the details we discussed.
Can you tell me a little
bit about how this project
I needed a desk for my of-
fice and started searching web-
sites for cool-looking desks. I
found a place in California that
takes parts of airplanes and
turns them into desks. None of
their desks was exactly what I
was looking for, though. Most of
their products were metal, and I
wanted a wooden wing to fit bet-
ter with the decor in my office.
What was your first step
once you decided to do a
I’m fortunate enough to
have a background in aviation.
I knew I could call around to
various aviation salvage yards.
The community is pretty close-
knit. If one person doesn’t have
what you are looking for in his
yard, the chances are he can
lead you to someone who does.
Where did you finally
find a suitable wing?
I ended up talking to a com-
pany north of Sanford called Fast
Aviation. I told them I was look-
ing for a small, wooden wing,
maybe something from a Piper
J3 Cub or a Taylorcraft. The own-
er had just sent a suitable wing
to a warehouse in North Caro-
lina, so he had it shipped back.
It ended up being the lower right
wing from a Pitts biplane.
What kind of shape was
the wing in? Did it need
It had been removed from
the aircraft and crated up.
From what I could tell about
the amount of dirt and debris
in the crate, it looked like it
had been in there for close to
a decade. I’d guess the vintage
is late ‘60s or early ‘70s. There
was some fabric on the wing
that had started to decay. That
was actually perfect because I
wanted no fabric on the wing.
The wing was structurally
sound but pretty dirty from be-
ing crated up for years. I had to
clean it with a solution of wood
soap and water with Q-tips.
I went over every nook and
cranny and got it completely
spotless. Then I used some
oil-based stain to bring some
shine back into the wood. The
aluminum leading edge had
some scratches in it, so I had
to sand it down. I used several
passes of wet sanding to bring
the aluminum back up to a
How did you figure out
what to use as the base of
Most wing desks I’ve seen
just add legs to the wing. I
wanted something a little more
functional, with some drawers
and a keyboard tray. Not want-
ing to take too much from the
aesthetics of the wing itself,
though, I spent a lot of time
looking at desks and dimen-
sions online to find something
that would work.
The top surface of the
desk looks to be a custom
fabricated piece. How did
you manage that?
There’s a company called
Gary’s Glass near The Gnarly
Barley. I brought the wing in,
and the owner saw it. He’s a
former Navy pilot, so he got
excited about the project. It
turned out that he was starting
a blog for the company. He was
willing to take on the project
basically for cost in order to get
some great photos for the blog.
How are all of the major
Custom aluminum spacers
were used to connect the wing, desk
and glass. Everything was meas-
ured out to keep the wing level and
bolt the pieces to one another.
What about the finishing
touch on the front of the
That section of the desk was
a little bare. I found a replica
tin aviation advertisement that
featured a Curtiss biplane. It
was a great fit for the space, and
it also incorporated the colors
in my office. It was a great vin-
tage piece that fit right in.
How long did the project
take? Would you do any-
From concept to comple-
tion, it took about six months.
I wouldn’t change anything.
While it was a time-consum-
ing project, it was very enjoy-
able and I’m happy with how it
An Old Wing Takes Flight Again
28 AUGUST 2016
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