As trees on his Shippen Creek property fell prey to insect damage and natural weather-related thinning, Roy A. Mears began to think of practical ways to use the wood. He bought a sawmill and started milling logs into lumber for buildings, trailer beds and fences. As the years passed, the beauty of the felled cherry and walnut trees, as well as the pines and oaks, grew more defined. At that point, Roy began to consider more elegant applications for the decorative pieces of wood.

In his wood shop today, Roy makes a wide variety of handcrafted products such as butcher blocks, cutting boards, bowls, beds and tables of all shapes and sizes. Each piece is made from local hardwoods and, in most cases, comes from the reclaimed trees that have fallen in the woods and along the shores of Shippen Creek.

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