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|
|Cedarville General Store Red Oak||This wood was reclaimed for the old store in Cedarville that was built in 1863-64 by William Jack. The flooring was milled by the Cherry River Boom and Lumber Company of Richwood in Nicholas County.|
|Glenville State Bowling Alley Maple||This maple was reclaimed from the apron of the Glenville State College bowling lanes which were housed in the Student Union and served as the home lanes for the GSC 1976 National Collegiate Bowling Champions.|
|Glenville State Clock Tower Oak||This wood was reclaimed from the clock tower which was added to the Administration Building in 1897 with the clock being installed in 1899. The tower was deemed unsafe in 1903 and was torn down and rebuilt.|
|Glenville State Science Stool Oak||This oak has been reclaimed from the broken "insulator stool" housed in the Science and Mathematics Department and used for many decades in various GSC scientific activities.|
|Glenville State Waco Center Maple||This maple was part of the floor of the newly constructed Waco Center, the indoor athletic facility, at Glenville State College which was opened in 2014.|
|Gilmer County High School Maple||This maple was reclaimed from the gymnasium floor of Gilmer County High School in 1999 when the floor was replaced.|
|Gilmer County Courthouse Oak||This wood was reclaimed from the Gilmer County Courthouse which was built in 1923. It replaced the first which was built in 1850 and the second built in 1872.|
|Normantown School Oak||This oak was reclaimed from Normantown School which served orginally as Normantown High School and later Normantown Elementary School until its closure in 2016.|
|Normantown High School Bleachers Pine||This wood is from the bleachers in the gym at Normantown High School. In 1945, the NHS team defeated Logan 50-49 to win the all-class state basketball championship – quite remarkable for a school with only 150 students.|
|Sand Fork School Maple||This maple was reclaimed from the gym floor of Sand Fork High School. The Class of 1968 was the last class to graduate from Sand Fork High School. The school continued to serve as an elementary school until its closure in 2015.|
|Troy School Oak||This oak was reclaimed from a door from Troy School which has served students in the Troy and surrounding communities since 1928.|