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|
|Big Isaac Grade School White Oak||This white oak was reclaimed from the Big Isaac Grade School which was built in 1948 to replace a school which was destroyed by a tornado. The school, located in the southeastern corner of Doddridge County, closed in 1992.|
|Doddridge County Courthouse Oak||The Doddridge County Courthouse was designed in the Victorian Romanesque style by J. Charles Fulton and was built in 1899. This wood was reclaimed from a baseboard in the main entrance to the courthouse.|
|Langfitt Oil Well Oak||This wood was reclaimed from the bull wheel of the Langfitt oil well drilled near West Union (Doddridge County) in the late 1890s.|