Can Do Planes, Granite Falls, NC
The artist, Shao Lin Xia graduated from Hua Zhon Industry Institute in the People’s Repubic of China and earned a B.S.M.E. in 1962. When he moved to California, he worked for California Avi-Tron Co. and was a project and manufacture engineer. He helped to design some of today’s modern “birds” of the sky, such as the 737, 777, and 747.
Xia has also done several projects for Boeing. After just 5 years at California Avi-Tron Co., he was laid off in 1995. Xia however did not stop designing planes. Since he was out of a job, he had a lot of time on his hand. One day he made a model airplane out of paper and showed it to all his friends. Everyone thought it was very clever and someone suggested that he should try making it out of aluminum cans and the rest is history.
For over 25 years he and his wife and business manager, Sompit, have made a living selling their aluminum can air planes at various arts and crafts shows. Using the knowledge he obtained from his experience as an engineer and model builder Xia has become an expert in design, beauty, and craft. Xia’s model planes are not produced in a factory using the latest technology. He designs his planes by computer, then focuses all his energy making these models by hand.