Note: No two pieces of wood look alike. Within a board, two sections can have different coloration. The wood samples below are generic swatches to give you some idea about whether the wood is dark or light. The actual woods may vary in color.
My collection of woods represents WV woods with historical or sentimental significance. As a retired educator I have a special place in my heart for schools and especially schools that are no longer in operation. As an example, I live in Taylor County and through school consolidations over the years, we only have five schools left but I have wood from 13, some of which date to the pre-school integration era.
At fairs and festivals, I use a banner that states that I have “Hundreds of woods with two stories – 1. Where did the wood come from? and 2. How in the devil did I get it?” I have become fascinated with the rich history of our great state as it is told through the amazing structures scattered across the state and the wonderful people who have given me wood from around the state. Oh, if you give me a piece of wood I want for my collection, I will make you a free pen made from that wood or others in my collection.
I have developed a fondness for wood collected from our colleges and universities, courthouses, schools, covered bridges, battlefields, and other places of note. I challenge people to pick up one of my pens, show it to me, let me read the little tag that identifies it and get prepared to hear the answers to the two questions above. It surprises even me to see an old math teacher become so fascinated with the history as told by the woods.
|Wood Source||History of Wood||Wood Sample|
|Cherry River Boom & Lumber Company Pine||This pine was reclaimed from one of the structures of the Cherry River Boom and Lumber Co. operation in Richwood.|
|Cherry River Boom & Lumber Company Flooring White Oak||This Grade A white oak flooring was manufactured by the Cherry River Boom and Lumber Company at their flooring plant in Richwood (Nicholas County), WV. The lumber was cut circa 1940 from the Spencer Family Farm on Fenwick Mountain.|
|New Hope Community Center Beech||This wood is 2nd grade beech flooring made by the Cherry River Boom and Lumber Company which was installed in the New Hope School when it opened in 1956 on Fenwick Mountain. It now serves as the New Hope Community Center since its closure.|
|Old Main - Original Nicholas County High School Oak||Old Main, the former Nicholas County High School, was constructed in 1913 and graduated its first class in 1915. From 1915 to 1930, it also served as the site of a State Normal School for teachers.|
|Richwood High School Oak||This wood came from a chair from a Richwood High School classroom. The school celebrated “100 years of Richwood High School” in 2015 before being devastated by the June 23, 2016 flood.|
|Weaver House - Richwood Oak||This house which stands at 71 E. Walnut Street has been in the Weaver family for over 70 years The house was built by the Cherry River Boom and Lumber Company in 1903 for its employees and managers.|