BUCKHANNON — Shay Woody is a Buckhannon native who has begun a new business in woodworking. Woody has started using his talents to carve the state of West Virginia out of wood and selling them on his Facebook page. Woody said he has been around woodworking his whole life.
“My dad and grandfather were woodworkers, so I was always around it,” Woody said. “But I didn’t start making the states until about a month and a half ago.”
Woody said he made a West Virginia cutout for his own home and posted it on social media, and people started asking if they could have one.
“It was funny; I just made one for the house,” Woody said. “But after I posted it on Facebook, I just started getting a ton of messages and decided I should keep making them.”
The cutouts are made out of salvaged pallet wood that Woody finds and traces the shapes he desires, then he carves the shape with a jigsaw. Woody said the hardest part is the West Virginia outline itself.
“The West Virginia shape is really hard because there are no straight lines,” Woody said. “That’s the most painful part.”
Woody is currently only selling the West Virginia carvings he has available, but he will take special requests, such as when he carved Tennessee.
“I like making people happy with it,” Woody said. “I like to share my work with other people, and when I hand that West Virginia carving over and I see their faces light up, that’s my favorite part.”
Before he started carving the state cutouts, Woody said he would mostly only carve wood for gifts for friends and family. He carved a trout and a deer in the middle of wood and said he will try to take any special requests. Woody can be reached at his Facebook and Instagram pages called Woody’s Workshop WV. Comments can be left for special requests or to purchase any of his West Virginia carvings.