People have been known to make a living on 80 acres, not easy, but it
can be done.
There is a major Amish community in Wayne County which translates into
farming and white oak furniture.
Before the advent of irrigation in California, Wayne County was the
2nd richest agricultrial county in the US, right behind Lancaster
County, another major Amish community.
There is a LOT of veery old, very moldy money in Wooster, but you
would never know it.
When I left, it was a town of about 15,000 with at least a dozen known
millionaires, and that was the late 50's.
Around Wayne County, probably find as many Zimmermans as Smiths, maybe
Rings a bell, but I don't know why.
How old is he?
Did he go to Wooster High school?
When I first met him about 25 years ago, I thought he was kidding when
he told me that was their state nut. You can't eat it, cook with it,
or do anything else with it. So why is it the state nut? No one
seems to know how that came about.
I believe Gary's Dad and Mom both went to Wooster High, graduating in
the late 30s, but I am not sure. His Dad would be somewhere along the
late 80s now, so that would put him through his grades.
But his sons are both in their mid - late 50s. Gary and Ken both
graduated sometime in the 60s, and they both went to WH.
I hate to finish, have never been good at it, complete the building
a piece of furniture and dread "ruining" it by finishing. Just this
weekend, I used the Thermawood/Valspar finish schedule for Old
English Cherry. It came out beautiful.
Saw some sample pieces at their booth at IWF several years ago and
always wanted to try it. So I did.
Down side is it is complicated and expensive. You may not want to
consider it for a single shelf set. I'm doing a whole bedroom.
Complicated in that their are eleven steps and the schedule contains
nine unique liquids, six for coloring, aging and accent, three for
sealing and topping. It is lacquer based, so at least the dry time is
very short. Took me two six hour sessions to do three pieces of
Mine still not quite as good as I remember the samples but the best
I've ever done. Difference probably due to pro's doing the samples
with better spray equipment, particularly final lacquer top coat and
my reluctance to be too aggressive with some of the accenting steps
that impart age.
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