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|
|Canaan Valley State Park Pine||This was the sign designating the Raven Lodge at Canaan Valley State Park prior to its demolition.|
|Dorman Mill Pine||This wood Was reclaimed from the Dorman Mill which later served as the home for Parsons Footwear. This wood was a joist in the original building.|
|First National Bank of Hendricks Poplar||The First National Bank of Hendricks was opened in 1905. This wood was a step from the entrance to the bank.|
|Home of General Robert S. Garnett Pine||This wood was reclaimed from the home of Confederate General Robert S. Garnett who was the first general from either side killed in action in the Civil War. He was killed at Corricks Ford in Tucker County. WV. His body was carried to the Corrick House in Parsons.|
|Parsons Footwear Pine||This wood was reclaimed from the Dorman Mill which later served as the home for Parsons Footwear. This wood was a joist in the original building.|
|Parsons High School Pine||This wood was reclaimed from a bench from Parsons High School which now serves as the Board of Education offices and a Pre-K center. It was a bench upon which generations of Tucker students sat.|
|Parsons Tannery Poplar||This wood was reclaimed from the Parsons Tannery which was built in 1893 by Thomas Gould and his sister, Abbie Gould. The tannery had a complete rebuild in 1900-1902.|
|Tucker County Bank Oak||This wood was reclaimed from the Tucker County Bank Building which was completed in 1902 and has housed the Masonic Lodge, the Board of Education and other businesses.|
|Western Maryland Depot Oak||This wood was a piece of flooring from the Parsons Depot (Western Maryland Railroad Depot) which was built in 1888|