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Here's My Workshop!

by Greg Matthews
Waynesville, North Carolina

I got into woodworking at age 45 as a second career when we moved to Waynesville, NC. I sold my corrugated box business before moving up here from Charlotte, NC and opened Balsam Mountain Woodworks. I have done mostly table commissions and "furnishings" for people, publicizing my work mainly through word of mouth. I do a lot of landscape gardening in the warmer months and do my woodworking mostly October through April. We bought some land behind our property in 2005 and I was able to saw about 1400 board feet from the area we developed, so presently I don't have to buy my lumber. I have worked solo so far but as I get closer to 60 I'm thinking of hiring some part-time help for the heavy work!

I designed and built this hand tool cabinet as a student project when I attended Haywood Community College in Western North Carolina. We live next to the Blue Ridge Parkway and overlook the Smoky Mountains. The Waynesville community area is quite oriented to crafts.

You can email Greg at balsamwoodworks@yahoo.com .

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