Woodworker Visiting Huntington's CVB This Week

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Woodworker Visiting Huntington's CVB This Week

Jerill Vance learned woodworking early in life from his grandfather and father. 

So it was only natural for him to take up this craft as a hobby.  After 32 years of employment in R&D for Dow Chemical/Union Carbide, he began pursuing a career in woodworking.  His first step was to utilize the TRA training available and obtain a degree in Fine Woodworking through New River Community and Technical College in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

Building up a portfolio of fine furniture, he is now launching his new career with a presentation of his work on March 18th and March 19th at the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau. The event will take place in the Visitors Center located in Heritage Station.  He is available to custom design and build fine furniture for customers who seek something truly special and distinctive.  Examples of his work can be viewed on his web site www.jerillvanceworks.com.

Vance has also begun utilizing wood “waste” to make unique furnishings.  Storm damaged trees, trees removed for building additions, dilapidated buildings and old barns are examples of items he uses to custom make memories for a concerned, sentimental landowner.  Examples of this “green” project can be seen at www.wvreleaf.com.

Vance has earned “Best of Show” award at the 1993 Mason County Spring Craft Show.  He was one of the first to join the Valley Woodworkers of WV in 1991 and has served in different offices for this organization.  He joined Society of American Period Furniture Makers in 2005 and Mountaineer Woodturners in 2011.   He also volunteers to teach woodworking to disabled veterans one-on-one in his shop in Culloden, WV.

This is a special opportunity to meet the artist personally and see many of his pieces on display.  For additional information you can contact the artist at jerillv@aol.com or by calling (304) 743-7264.

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