A love of woodworking and a desire
to make quality wood products have inspired us to open our workshop to the
public. We have high standards
that are reflected in our workshop philosophy guiding us to provide quality
products and services to you, our customers.
At the present time, each product that we offer has some family connection.
Grandma sews wonderful quilts. Grandpa plays chess, now that fishing
is a pleasant memory. But, as his fishing gear is lovingly passed down, how do we
show it off? Our sons Jon, Bryan, and Tom play golf. Tom is a chef and Jim is into barbeques. Our daughters Lauren, Shelly, Kim, and Lanita and our
eight grandchildren (Taylor, Kyle, Morgan, Logan, Maddie, Chase, Cole, And
Bekkah) inspire the games. We love gardening,
bird-watching, the antics of our squirrels, and of course woodworking.
As for the squirrels, you might ask "Why the name?" Well, our home and
workshop are located in Kent, Ohio. Back in the early 1950s, the
Superintendent of Maintenance at Kent State University, Mr. Larry Woodell,
brought back about a dozen pair of Black Squirrels from Canada and released them
on campus. They have adapted well, and "modified" their
appearance somewhat since that
time. They have also spread across Northeast Ohio and into Pennsylvania.
Our garden is visited regularly by the descendants of those original black squirrels.
We have black squirrels but also gray squirrels with black stripes,
black with gray tails, brown with black markings and numerous variations.
Our favorite looks somewhat like a raccoon! Hmmm! We call him or her
(?) "Mr. Pants" because of his sleek black top and his
furry brown bottom (pants). These squirrels are industrious and creative while
always keeping a sense of humor and playfulness about them. You might say
that they are our role models.