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Jack began woodworking with his father doing residential remodeling and has never stopped. At the turn of this century he began taking left-over pieces of wood and seeing what he could create. As he experimented with different products he kept gravitating toward live edge or slab woods, and reclaimed barn woods. As others saw his work the demand grew and he now has shop dedicated to this art.
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The following is an excerpt from an Elizabethtown News Enterprise article:
Jack Love of Sonora has made an art out of salvaging scrap lumber.
Whether it’s leftovers from a sawmill in Howevalley or boards from a barn blown over by a storm, Love finds use for unwanted lumber. He turns it into tables, bookcases, hutches, foot stools, gun racks and chairs among other things. Love makes what’s known as live-edge slab furniture.
“I knock the bark off, but I leave the edge on it,” Love said.
Walnut, oak, cherry and maple are some of the types of wood he uses. Some of the lumber is purchased, while other pieces might be given to him. Sometimes Love receives pieces left from private residences where homeowners have had trees trimmed or cut down.
“I use whatever I get, but I’ve had a run of cherry lately,” Love said.
Occasionally his material comes compliments of Mother Nature.
“A lot of old barns are falling down,” he said. Because fewer barns are being made of wood, that lumber source is not common. Love still manages to find enough lumber, one way or another, to provide what he needs for his creations.
“I’ve probably been doing this for eight or nine years,” he said.
In his shop, a homemade wood stand holds the slabs of lumber, ready to be transformed. Love uses pieces of all sizes to make furniture of all sizes, creating his product based on the material at hand.
“Sometimes I do custom orders,” he said.
One special request, an antique-style hall tree, was a project Love cited as his most difficult piece. It stood 7 feet tall and 40 inches wide with a seat that opened and a 30-inch by 30-inch mirror. Among his most popular pieces are 8-foot benches styled like church pews. Regardless of what he makes, Love tries to be efficient with the lumber once a project is complete.
“Whatever’s left I try to use all of it,” he said.
Love’s own home includes pieces of his work. End tables, cabinets, a quilt rack, a living room table and a bench all are part of the furnishings in his home. A piece of wood roughly fashioned in the shape of a gun is part of a current project. Love will add pieces and turn the item into a gun rack. He’s working on a gun belt holder, too. Although he didn’t take a woodshop class in high school, Love had a background in home building and owns and operates a home improvement business. About 1983, Love began teaching himself to do woodwork. The earliest pieces he created he thought were good at the time. Love can tell he has improved the quality of his work over the years. In fact, the furniture crafter has included a new habit lately as part of his work.
“Every piece I get, I sign and date it,” Love said.
His son, Paul, helps with both the home improvement business and the slab furniture work. He assists in hauling the slab lumber and applies polyurethane to pieces. Love’s work has been sold at Glendale events such as the Crossing Festival and can be found at Honeybee Country Accents on Westport Road in Elizabethtown. He’s working on a website with the name Wood of the Woods. Love admits it’s sometimes hard to part with his work.
“You get attached to certain pieces,” Love said.