by Linda Shanahan
Appeared in the Sun Lakes “Splash”, January 2021
A Hobby or A Labor of Love?
Forty-five years ago, Henry joined an adult class in basic stained glass; nothing complicated, simply enjoying each other’s company. He went on to take other classes taught by experts in their field. One classes was wood framing where he developed the skill of making 18th century ship models from scratch. After finishing his 12th master level model (some taking him 12 months to complete) he moved on to other hobbies.
Henry William Huss was born in the fall of 1933 in Lakewood, a quaint winter resort in central New Jersey. He graduated from Lakewood High School where he, with his brother, played on the Varsity Basketball team. He was also lead choir member in his grandfather’s church. For six summers he spent time working as a “handy boy” at a boarding house in the Pocono Mountains in Bushkill, PA. In the summer of 1951 he started working for Uncle Sam at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago. Four years were spent in Naval Aviation working on aircraft carrier fighters. This stint got him a free ride to college in Trenton NJ to study business education immediately after which he was hired to teach at a high school in Mt. Holly, NJ. He spent 31 years in education climbing the ladder as Adult School Director to principal to assistant superintendent. For fifteen years he and his wife, Henrietta, spent summers in Ocean City, MD. In 2000 they relocated to Ironwood in Sun Lakes as snowbirds “loving the links”. He also joined the Sun Lakes Rock Gem and Silver Club and began teaching Dichroic glass fusing. After taking a silver class he started teaching woven wire bracelets and wire wrapped glass. This summer he sold his home in NJ and is now a full time Sun Laker.
He’s Loved and he Inspires us
This fella’s name is Henry Huss
His pieces usually made with wire
Take a look you will admire
Some with silver some with gold
Some have stones within a fold
Check them out you won’t believe
How beautifully he forms a weave
It’s like a braid but with more strands
You’d think this man had extra hands
How does he do it people ask
Impossible does seem the task
He also does a wire wrap
Around the stone he makes a lap
Then two or four or maybe eight
When he is finished it looks great
To make it hang he forms a bale
You’ll buy it when is says for sale
Or better yet, his class just take
A piece like Henry’s you can make
He’ll teach you and you’ll come away
Saying “What an awesome day.
Talent…Didn’t know I had
Wow my piece is really rad.”
Henry’s patient and he’s kind
You know he won’t leave you behind.
So give a call and make that move
Put yourself within the groove
Of artist extraordinaire
A silver bracelet you can wear.