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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

OLD STOREFRONT FOR WOODTURNERS WORKSHOP

OLD CALICO AND BROWN HISTORIC STOREFRONT
Paint Lick is a small unincorporated town with a business section of about twelve stores near scenic Paint Lick Creek. Fortunately it retains several historic buildings that preserves its "sense of place' to the streetscape as well as to the cultural landscape.

Above photo is the old Calico and Brown original storefront which includes a history that goes back to 1901 as a general merchandise store. Under a new use, it is a workshop run by Don Weber, wood turner tradesman. Among his many talents are hand crafting chairs, benches, stools, timber framing joinery, and tool making. The list goes on but the focus is old methods of crafting with wood. Mr. Weber has written many articles for various well-known publications.

A HISTORIC TOOL FOR PRODUCING WOOD ROOFING SHINGLES
The above roofing tool sits among Weber's many projects of newly made items. The roofing tool is sitting on the original wood floor, painted gray, of the old storefront. The building has been kept, as much as possible, in its original condition.

DON WEBER'S WORKSHOP
The photo above is an example of the many facets of wood tuning that exist in his workshop. Located in a farming community of clean air and no crime to speak of, it is a hidden jewel of a community.

It's a delight to stop in his workshop and view the many projects he has underway. His window display is set with examples of furniture made in the old way. Don Weber gives workshops on green woodwork and blacksmithing. To view the man and read about his interesting history -- click here

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