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|
|Braxton County Courthouse Oak||This wood was reclaimed for a joist in the Braxton County Court House which was built in 1881-2 in Sutton, WV. It is one of the earliest remaining courthouses in the state.|
|Bulltown Battlefield Locust||This locust was reclaimed from a fallen tree on the Bulltown Battlefield, site of a Union victory on October 13, 1863.|
|Café Cimino Oak||This wood was reclaimed from a baseboard of the historic 8,158 square foot mansion built in 1898 which houses Café Cimino in Sutton.|
|Gassaway Depot Maple||This wood was reclaimed from the Gassaway Depot, also known as Coal & Coke Railway Company Depot, is a historic railway depot located at Gassaway. It was built in 1914, by the Coal and Coke Railway and later acquired by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.|
|Gassaway Depot Oak||This wood was reclaimed from the Gassaway Depot, also known as Coal & Coke Railway Company Depot, is a historic railway depot located at Gassaway. It was built in 1914, by the Coal and Coke Railway and later acquired by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.|
|Holly Gray - Old 4-H Camp Chestnut||This chestnut was reclaimed from a barn at the original Braxton County 4-H Camp. The camp was relocated circa 1956 when construction of the Sutton Dam began. The dam resulted in flooding of the original site forcing the relocation.|
|Lee Building - Gassaway Oak||This wood was reclaimed from the Lee Building which, built in 1905, once housed the Gassaway Midland Clothing Store, once housed a bowling alley, and today houses The Red Rooster Café.|