Cheat Mountain Woodworks is an artisan shop in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains of east central West Virginia...so named for the legendary Cheat Mountain just a short distance away. CMW is home to unique custom crafts, toys, furniture, bars, outdoor items, decor, and more.
My goal is to try to incorporate local history, name recognition, and local lore, legend, and culture into my business. I have been involved in woodworking in one way or another since I can remember. (It probably all started from watching my parents remodel the house we currently live in, in the 70's.)
As a kid, I grew up in the mountains of WV, in the areas surrounding Cheat Mountain. I was a 4-H member from age 9-18, where I had multiple years of woodworking projects, along with many other interesting genres. When my family moved from Slaty Fork to Valley Head in 1979, I was a teenager, and helped my dad build the garage, workshop, and my mother's greenhouse and flower shop. After graduating high school, I relocated to Michigan (and North Carolina for a short time) for 34-1/2 years. Among other jobs, I was a licensed builder/construction company owner (Pennington Construction--decks, basement/kitchen remodeling...1999-2008) for 9 years until the 2008 housing/economic disaster. In 2015, I started a woodworking shop called Beaver Dam Saw Mill Creations, which I ran for 4 years (2015-2019). Upon moving back home to WV in December 2019, the decision was made to change the name to Cheat Mountain Woodworks.
(A new chapter of life, a new chapter of workshop life.)
There have been numerous wood projects of one kind or another over the years. My wife, Debbie, and I completely remodeled 2 houses of our own, including an 1890's 2 story farmhouse that involved extensive rebuilding, 2 additions, and tons of updates added. There were also numerous outdoor projects...massive arbor, custom hot tub cabinet/steps, deck, pole barn remodel, new pole barn, bar/man cave, 4 seasons room, and more. We are now in the process of building a new workshop, garage, gallery/storefront, and massage studio here at our property. Things have went a little slow for various reasons in the past few months, but we are making lots of progress.
Woodworking is the only thing I've ever done that I love to do...and if you can't do what you love, what's the point?
Occasionally, I'll post some local information and/or history of the area on the "About Us" page for your knowledge and enjoyment.
Cheat Mountain: an exceptionally high and rugged ridge situated in the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia, USA. It is about 50 miles (80 km) long (north to south) and more than five miles (8 km) wide at its widest. Its highest point is at its southernmost end near Thorny Flat, which has an elevation of 4,848 feet (1,478 m). Several other knobs rise above 4,000 feet (1,200 m) along its length. The mountain was once home to the largest red spruce forest south of Maine, and a large portion of the mountain now lies within the Monongahela National Forest.--WIKIPEDIA.ORG