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|
|Greenbrier County Black Locust||This wood was reclaimed in 1999 from tongue and groove flooring of the porch of a log house estimated to have been built in the 1820s near Spring Creek (Greenbrier County), WV. The porch was apparently added during a post-Civil War era renovation as verified by carbon dating of this wood as 150 years old.|
|Greenbrier County Black Walnut||This wood was reclaimed in 1999 from the columns of the porch of a log house estimated to have been built in the 1820s near Spring Creek (Greenbrier County), WV. The porch was apparently added during a post-Civil War era renovation as verified by carbon dating of the flooring as 150 years old.|
|Greenbrier County Poplar||This wood was reclaimed in 1999 from the living room of a log house estimated to have been built in the 1820s near Spring Creek (Greenbrier County), WV. The poplar was added in a post-Civil Wa era renovation and covered the log walls in the living room.|
|Greenbrier State Forest Oak Tree||This wood was reclaimed from an oak tree which was storm damaged and fell on the grounds of the Greenbrier State Forest. The tree was cut into lumber to be used for maintenance and construction in the forest.|
|Greenbrier State Forest Superintendent's Residence Chestnut||This chestnut was reclaimed from the residence of the Superintendent of Greenbrier State Forest. The log home was built in 1938 as a Civilian Conservation Corps project.|
|WV State Fair Dairy Barn White Oak||This oak was reclaimed from the Dairy Barn at the WV State Fair. The Greenbrier Valley Fair was established by legislative action in 1941 as the WV State Fair but was not held until 1946 following World War II.|