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|
|Marble King - Bench in Factory Oak||This wood was reclaimed from a bench used by the employees of Marble King in Paden City, WV which straddles the Wetzel – Tyler County line. The bench sat in Tyler County. Marble King is the only mass producer of recreational and ornamental marbles in the United States.|
|Marble King - Storage Container Oak||This wood was used to build storage containers at Marble King in Paden City, WV which straddles the Wetzel – Tyler County line. That part of the factory is in Tyler County. Marble King is the only mass producer of recreational and ornamental marbles in the United States.|
|Sistersville Bottling Works - Interior Siding Pine||This pine was siding reclaimed from the interior of the building which served as the maintenance department for the City of Sistersville, the headquarters for the trolley system, a dairy, and the Coca-Cola Bottling Works.|
|Sistersville Bottling Works - Maple Flooring Maple||This maple flooring was reclaimed from the building which served as the maintenance department for the City of Sistersville, the headquarters for the trolley system, a dairy, and the Coca-Cola Bottling Works. The building is over 100 years old.|
|Sistersville High School Mahogany||This wood was reclaimed from an old fashion student desk (complete with ink well) from Sistersville High School which was closed in 1993.|
|Tyler County High School Ash||This wood is from a baseball bat used by the Tyler County High School baseball team. Tyler County High School in Middlebourne served area students from 1908 until its closure in 1993.|