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|
|Arthurdale Center Hall Oak||The Center Hall was the idea of Eleanor Roosevelt who supervised its construction (circa 1934) as part of the New Deal project. This flooring upon which Mrs. Roosevelt danced was removed during the 1996 renovation.|
|Arthurdale House 11 Pine||This wood was baseboard reclaimed from House 11 built as part of the New Deal project in the 1930’s.|
|Arthurdale House 11 - Barn Chestnut||This chestnut was reclaimed from a batten board from the original barn built to serve the family of House 11 built as part of the New Deal project in the 1930’s.|
|Arthurdale House 11 - Chicken Coop Oak||This wood was reclaimed from a chicken coop used by the family living in House 11 built as part of the New Deal project in the 1930’s.|
|Bruceton School Maple||Bruceton School was built in 1922 and served as Bruceton High School until 1991. The gymnasium was added in the early 1930s. This maple was reclaimed from the gym floor in the summer of 2014.|
|Cheat River Covered Bridge Poplar||This wood was reclaimed from the Cheat River Covered Bridge which was built in 1835 between Cool Springs and Erwin. A new steel bridge was started in 1932 and in 1934 the old bridge was closed to traffic. It was destroyed by fire on May 23, 1964.|
|Erwin School Oak||This oak was reclaimed from the floor of Erwin School which was a one room school situated at the foot of Cheat Mountain about 5 miles west of Aurora on US Route 50.|
|Fellowsville High School Oak||This wood was reclaimed from the Fellowsville High School building which served the children of the Fellowsville area from its opening in 1918 until its closure in 1971.|
|Kingwood High School Oak||Kingwood High School opened in 1922 and served as the home of the Stags until 1977 when a consolidation with Tunnelton High School and the addition of Fellowsville area students resulted in the building being used for Central Preston High School.|
|Newburg High School Oak||This oak flooring was reclaimed from the Newburg High School building which opened as Lyon District School in 1922. It later served as Newburg High School/Junior High and Newburg Elementary closing in 1997.|
|Preston County Poor Farm Barn Hemlock||This wood was reclaimed from the barn at the Preston County Poor Farm as the barn was being dismantled in the summer of 2017.|| |
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|Preston County Sheriff's Office Oak||This wood was reclaimed from the Preston County Sheriff’s Office which is an annex to the Preston County Court House.|
|Rowlesburg School Pine||This wood was reclaimed from the Rowlesburg School which was built in 1910 and served as the Rowlesburg K-12 school until the flood of 1985 made the school unusable as a school resulting in its closure.|
|Terra Alta School Pine||This wood was reclaimed from the Terra Alta School which was built in 1925 and also served as Terra Alta High School, East Preston High School, East Preston Middle School/Terra Alta Elementary. Part of the building was demolished in 2013 during a major renovation including a huge addition.|
|Tunnelton High School Oak||This wood was reclaimed from the Tunnelton High School building which served as Central Preston Middle School and South Preston Middle School before consolidating with Tunnelton-Denver Elementary School in 2014.|
|Valley District VFW Post 1589 Oak||This oak was reclaimed from the old building which housed the Valley District VFW Post 1589 in Masontown. The old building was torn down in 2014 following the completion of the new building.|