Barbour County

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 SourceHistory of WoodWood Sample
Alderson Broaddus University Funkhouser Auditorium – Mahogany Arm RestThis mahogany is a reclaimed arm rest from the original seating in Funkhouser Auditorium which was erected on the campus of Alderson Broaddus College, now Alderson Broaddus University, in 1957-58 and shares a building with Pickett Library.

 

Alderson Broaddus University Funkhouser Auditorium – Maple Arm RestThis maple is from a reclaimed arm rest from the original seating in Funkhouser Auditorium which was erected on the campus of Alderson Broaddus College, now Alderson Broaddus University, in 1957-58 and shares a building with Pickett Library.

Alderson Broaddus University Funkhouser Auditorium – Stage Surround - RedwoodThis wood was reclaimed from the stage surround in Funkhouser Auditorium which was erected on the campus of Alderson Broaddus College, now Alderson Broaddus University, in 1957-58 and shares a building with Pickett Library.

Alderson Broaddus University Rex Pyles Arena at ABU – Bleachers - PoplarThis wood was reclaimed from an original bleacher board in the Rex Pyles Arena built in 1968 to 1969 on the campus of Alderson Broaddus College, now Alderson Broaddus University.





Alderson Broaddus University Rex Pyles Arena at ABU – Bleachers - PineThis wood was reclaimed from an original bleacher board in the Rex Pyles Arena built in 1968 to 1969 on the campus of Alderson Broaddus College, now Alderson Broaddus University.

Adaland Mansion Barn – PoplarThis poplar was used in the restoration of the barn at Adaland. It was constructed about 1850 by the son of the original settler of the land. It is of post and beam construction with yellow poplar and other hardwoods used in the interior. The barn was joined by the stately brick home in 1870.

Barbour County Courthouse Window - PineThe Barbour County Courthouse n Philippi, WV was constructed between 1903 and 1905. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. This wood was reclaimed in 2015 and was part of an old window frame.

Carrolton Covered Bridge PoplarThis wood was part of the Carrollton Covered Bridge, in Barbour County, West Virginia, USA, which is the second longest and third oldest surviving covered bridge in the state. The wooden bridge spans the Buckhannon River near Carrollton and was built in 1856. National Register of Historic Places

 

Crim United Methodist Church Red OakThis wood was reclaimed from a pew from Crim United Methodist Church which sits at 200 Pike Street in Philippi, WV. The church was built in 1905 and was originally named Crim Memorial ME Church South.

Gibson Guitar Blanks MahoganyThis wood was an off-cut from mahogany used to make the blanks for the necks, backs, and other parts of the world-famous Gibson guitars. The Talbott Lumber Company of Belington, WV has a long standing contract with Gibson to provide these blanks.

Philip Barbour High School Gym Bleachers - PineThis wood is pine from an original bleacher board from the PBHS gymnasium which opened in 1963.

Philippi Covered Bridge 1938 Renovation - PoplarThis poplar was reclaimed as part of the 1938 renovation when the floor was replaced with a concrete, reinforced one and provided as a souvenir at the Covered Bridge Centennial, Philippi, WV, August 28-30, 1952.

Philippi Covered Bridge 1989 Renovation - PoplarThis poplar was reclaimed as part of the 1989-1991 renovation following the February 2, 1989 fire which virtually destroyed the bridge which was built in 1852 at a cost of just over $12,000.


Philippi Covered Bridge 2015 Renovation – White OakThis white oak was reclaimed as part of the 2015 renovation of the bridge. The wood served as a wedge holding tightly the mortise and tenon joints securing the main arches in the interior.

Philippi High School Chestnut Shelving - ChestnutThis chestnut was reclaimed shelving which was in the old Philippi High School building which became Philippi Middle School in 1963 when Philip Barbour High School was opened. The shelving remained there until it was moved to the new Philippi Middle School.

Philippi High School Oak Student Desk - OakThis wood was reclaimed for a student desk which was in the old Philippi High School building which became Philippi Middle School in 1963 when Philip Barbour High School was opened. The chair remained there until it was moved to the new school where it remained until it was broken in 2015.

Philippi Middle School Bradford PearThis Bradford Pear wood was reclaimed from one of the beautiful flowering trees in the lawn of Philippi Middle School. The tree was severely damaged by heavy storms.

Philippi Middle School Chestnut Shelving - ChestnutThis chestnut was reclaimed shelving which was in the old Philippi High School building which became Philippi Middle School in 1963 when Philip Barbour High School was opened. The shelving remained there until it was moved to the new Philippi Middle School.

Philippi Middle School Oak Student Desk - OakThis wood was reclaimed for a student desk which was in the old Philippi High School building which became Philippi Middle School in 1963 when Philip Barbour High School was opened. The chair remained there until it was moved to the new school where it remained until it was broken in 2015.