Wilburvillewoodworks

Novelty Beer Tap Handles and More

On Etsy since 2016

Wilburvillewoodworks

Novelty Beer Tap Handles and More

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Don Welch

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About Wilburvillewoodworks

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How it all began.

I was born into a woodworking family. My father and grandfather were both carpenters. I was three months old when my grandfather was killed in a car accident, so I never got to meet him. During my high school years I enjoyed making a few things in shop class., I have to admit though my mind in high school drifted into other areas. At 21, my grandmother had given me one of my grandfather’s tool boxes which had been tucked away in the attic since his death. In the toolbox were the usual items: worn out pencils, a box plane, and a hand saw. Under the entire assortment of tools was an old dirty cloth nail apron. The apron was like holding the Holy Grail when I picked it up. I felt like it was talking to me. I still have that apron today hanging in my shop. I finally got to meet grandpa.
My father was also a carpenter in his own right. He helped me build lots of things along the way and taught me many things about carpentry. My father could look at a room and see how to make it better. My dad would just dive into a large building project without any hesitation. My father was a rough carpenter. He would always tell me to not worry about the rough corners; the dry wall guys will make things look good. Where my father fell short with his ability to finesse something or be precise, I exceeded, I am a perfectionist.
Through the years I would make things with what I could accumulate for tools. Besides what grandpa left me, I had purchased a few things like a ¼ drill motor, a sander, a hand saw and a few others. My first workshop was a broom closet in the apartment I lived in. The workbench was flip down 2’ x 2’ piece of plywood that was used as a work surface. It wasn’t until I bought a house that things finally fell into place and I moved my makeshift shop into the basement. As the years went by, my tool collection enlarged and my workspace grew into what I have now.

I love woodworking. I would rather be in my shop than be in the house watching the idiot box. I love the smell of fresh cut wood, pine, oak, or poplar, it doesn’t matter. I love the smell of all of it. To me, happiness is a pile of sawdust. My specialty has always been making Arts and Crafts. However, recently I was given a lathe by a friend. I didn't want it in the first place because I hadn't operated one since my senior year in high school many years ago. Reluctantly I accepted it. It sat in the corner of my shop for time until someone asked If I could make them a beer tap handle. I love to challenge my abilities so I accepted. That's how I got into the business of making beer tap handles.

I love woodworking. I would rather be in my shop than be in the house watching the idiot box. I love the smell of fresh cut wood, pine, oak, or poplar, it doesn’t matter. I love the smell of all of it. To me, happiness is a pile of sawdust.

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