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 Pine||This wood was reclaimed from the shipping dock of the Marble King Factory in Paden City, WV which straddles the Wetzel – Tyler County line. The shipping dock is in Wetzel. Marble King is the only mass producer of recreational and ornamental marbles in the United States.|
|Maud Barn Poplar||This wood was reclaimed from the barn which accompanies the only house in Maud, WV which was always the only house in Maud. Located about ten miles east of New Martinsville, the house contains the grocery store and previously housed the post office.|
|New Martinsville Masonic Lodge Oak||This wood was reclaimed from the old home of Masonic Lodge #39 at 301 Main Street in New Martinsville, WV. The Temple was built in 1913.|
|Wetzel County Courthouse - Attic Oak||This wood was reclaimed from the attic of the Wetzel County Courthouse which was built in 1901 to replace the wooden one which stood on the same site. The tower in the center is the tallest part of any building in Wetzel County.|
|Wetzel County Courthouse Judge's Chambers Oak||This wood was reclaimed from the judge’s chambers of the Wetzel County Courthouse which was built in 1901. The tower in the center is the tallest part of any building in Wetzel County.|