MAYODAN — Raymond Edwards found the way to build a rich and happy life. Then he made the tools.
Gifted with ravenous curiosity and unmatched ingenuity, the Stoneville native converted a vintage bus into a luxury RV, filtered corn oil through an old pant leg to brew hybrid fuel, and cobbled together a golf cart from scrap aluminum he scavenged from an old Mayodan bank sign.
In an economy where most folks look for gadgets on Amazon to instantly replace broken items, Edwards enjoyed solving fix-it riddles, friends said. And they often turned to him for help.
Just a few years back, a buddy, flummoxed about how to bear-proof his daughter’s Asheville trash can, drove up to Edwards’ Mayodan Mountain home for an assist. An hour later, the friend drove back down the mountain with a solution — a mammoth metal hinge Edwards cut and welded impromptu.
A trained machinist and…