I have always enjoyed working with wood and I have made numerous pieces of furniture including three bedroom suites, cherry kitchen cabinets for our kitchen, and lots of small items such as boxes and picture frames. Over the years I have developed an excitement for discovering what is hidden under the bark, inside an old gray board, or right beside a knot. I have found turning pens and pencils rewarding as I see how the grain emerges as I change the shape of the wood.
I have also become very fascinated with woods which have a story connected to them. I have accumulated wood from sources such as Philippi Covered Bridge, The Waldomore (Childhood Home of Nathan Goff, Secretary of the Navy, and on the National Registry of Historic Places), Marshall University, a 19th century log home in Greenbrier County, Weston Train Depot, and two cottages and the chapel at Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp (Childhood home of Gen. Stonewall Jackson). I have also gotten wood from several schools and some old family barns. It is hard for me to say whether I enjoy securing the wood with a story, making it into “a masterpiece”, or talking with folks about the interesting woods I have found. Feel free to share a story about a special piece of wood or ask me to tell you about mine. I would love to help you turn your special wood into a masterpiece to help preserve the history of it.
The wood I have collected makes wonderful gifts but your wood would make amazing gifts for you and your family and friends. Let me help you do this!