When Jody Pollack isn’t busy leading the Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival as its executive director and competing as a brisket chef – working amid smoke – he’s creating sawdust. As a woodworker, that is.
Pollack makes mezuzot and menorot from locally sourced wood.
In fact, when a friend was “gifted” a significant portion of his neighbor’s pecan tree, in other words the tree fell into his backyard, he let Pollack cut up and remove some of the pecan tree in a manner reminiscent of Tom Sawyer and the fence, the Atlanta woodworker said.
Some of that pecan was turned to smoke via Pollack’s Big Green Egg and some to sawdust. Pollack transformed a significant portion into the Judaica items he sells. He also donated some of his menorot to b’nai mitzvah students who couldn’t have their parties or celebrations but could use the candleholders for Chanukah.