David Wermuth has a strong talent for wood crafting. David said it all started back in the 1970’s in a town call Pleasantville, Kentucky. He walked into an old building and saw beautiful antique woodwork that was done without machinery, nails or screws. Just wood pegs, and the art of carving and crafting. It was at that moment that David realized his passion was in traditional woodworking. From there, we went on a search for any apprenticeship program or school nearby that would teach him traditional woodworking. His search took him to Kirby Studios in Virginia, where he learned the process of traditional woodworking, and how he could use that skill in the workforce.
So what brought David to Ferry County? What else, but our beloved Curlew State Park.
“We knew there had to be more to life than sitting in traffic” said David.
David’s passion for traditional woodworking is fueled by the challenge that each crafting piece presents to him. His favorite style of woodworking is Live Edge Woodworking. Live Edge’ refers to the living part of the tree, the outer rings. The log is cut into slabs and the entire slab is used, leaving the natural edge. Only the bark is removed. “This type of traditional woodworking is what I love crafting the most. It gives the most unique challenge”, David said.