Welling­tons create cus­tom wood work

Welling­ton Woods: Lau­rie and Kenny Welling­ton create unique items from dam­aged wood

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MADI­SON » What does a tree farmer do after a se­vere wind stor­mde­stroys dozens of acres of trees?

For Lau­rie and Kenny Welling­ton, that meant a bit of a change of plan, or as Lau­rie called it, the chance to “make lemon­ade from lemons.”

They had moved to the area in 2012, build­ing a new home, but just two years later a storm of straight-line winds took down 50 acres of their trees in Hub­bardsville. That po­ten­tially- dev­as­tat­ing in­ci­dent ac­tu­ally be­came the foun­da­tion of a brand-new busi­ness for the cou­ple. The dam­aged wood made per­fect ma­te­rial for wood craft­ing, so they opened their Welling­ton Woods shop in Madi­son to sell their uniquely crafted items.

From ta­bles to man­tels, their one-of-a-kind wood­crafts of­fer gift item ideas not avail­able any­where else. Even now, they never have to cut down liv­ing trees for new projects. Mother Na­ture takes care of pro­vid­ing the sup­ply for them, Lau­rie said, and noth­ing goes to waste. What­ever doesn’t turn into a craft project be­comes fuel to heat the build­ing, Kenny said.

Welling­ton Woods in­vites hol­i­day shoppers to the an-

“If peo­ple bring us their ideas, we will make it.”

— Lau­rie Welling­ton, Weel­ing­ton

Woods

nual Hol­i­day Open House spon­sored by the Madi­son-Bouckville Pro­mo­tions group, an or­ga­ni­za­tion of par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses seek­ing to strengthen sales for all. The Open House started Fri­day and runs through the end of the day Sun­day, with sev­eral of the area shops on and along the Route 20 cor­ri­dor from Madi­son to Bouckville dec­o­rat­ed­for the hol­i­days and serv­ing tasty treats. There is also the chance for vis­i­tors to win­prizes, in ad­di­tion to the hol­i­day bar­gains for sale in the shops.

This time of year, the Welling­tons are of­fer­ing cus­tom­made gifts for the hol­i­days, work­ing like Santa’s elves them­selves to create gift items not avail­able any­where else.

“Our niche is definitely be­com­ing the cus­tom pieces, made right to our cus­tomers’ spec­i­fi­ca­tions,” Kenny said.

“If peo­ple bring us their ideas, we will make it,” Lau­rie added.

The Welling­tons were look­ing for a cen­tral lo­ca­tion for their new shop and the build--

ing -- re­cently the site of the Ve­randa -- was avail­able and they bought it this past July. Although when they first vis­ited the site they found it could ob­vi­ously use some loving care, and the ceil­ing was ac­tu­ally ly­ing on the floor, the cou­ple saw a lot of po­ten­tial there.

“It was an old his­tor­i­cal build­ing and peo­ple were rem­i­nisc­ing about it. We were thrilled to be able to pur­chase it,” Lau­rie said.

They quickly jumped right into the sales ex­cite­ment of the famed Route 20 area in Au­gust as the an­nual An­tique Week re­turned, the big­gest event of the year for the an­tiques and col­lectibles com­mu­nity, where they are right in the midst. Although the ma­jor­ity of their busi­ness is newly-made wood­crafts, they do have some an­tique wares in the shop, items as much of in­ter­est to cu­ri­ous his­to­ri­ans as they are to col­lec­tors.

An­tique Week went well for them, Lau­rie said, and helped get the word out about the fledg­ling busi­ness and the new re­pur­pos­ing of the old-time build­ing.

Kenny is the car­pen­ter, and Lau­rie is the pain­ter. To­gether, they create beau­ti­ful works of wooden artistry. And be­cause they have their own saw mill, and make the items them­selves, there is no mid­dle man … giv­ing them the abil­ity to keep their prices low, Lau­rie ex­plained.

It’s now com­ing into the slow sea­son, so they are in the process of to­tally ren­o­vat­ing the site. Lau­rie said they are go­ing to be open shorter hours by ap­point­ment dur­ing the winter as they go through much of the build­ing to ex­pand to a full five show­rooms by the spring.

Work­ing to­gether on the new shop has been re­ward­ing Both agreed for they the en­joy cou­ple. the chance to take their prod­ucts from the sim­plest wooden be­gin­nings to the artistry of the fi­nal cre­ation.

“I like be­ing able to be creative,” she said. “I’ve been com­ing up with ideas for years and years, and it’s been a long­time dream of mine to some­day have a gallery.”

“I en­joy mak­ing things out of un­usual pieces of wood,” Kenny said, not­ing some of the seem­ing im­per­fec­tions in the wood ac­tu­ally give it the most char­ac­ter and are of­ten the most at­trac­tive. “We are tak­ing it right from the be­gin­ning,

straight through to the end prod­uct.” The ideas are al­ways bub­bling … even a sim­ple stroll through an area of forest or watch­ing a tele­vi­sion show has taken on a whole new mean­ing for the cou­ple.

“When I walk through the woods now, I look around and think, ‘ What can I make from that?’” Lau­rie said.

“I will be watch­ing a TV com­mer­cial and say, ‘ Did you see that ta­ble? We can do that,’” Kenny added.

Welling­ton Woods is lo­cated at 6969 State Route 20 in Bouckville, at the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 12B. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: www.welling­ton­wood­scny.com The Hol­i­day Open House runs through Sun­day, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more on that event or any other of­fer­ing from the an­tiques and col­lectibles com­mu­nity along Route 20, visit: www.madi­son-bouckville.com

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PHOTO SPE­CIAL TO THE DISPATCH BY MIKE JAQUAYS

Kenny, left, and Lau­rie Welling­ton sit at one of their wood crafted ta­bles Nov. 3in their Welling­ton Woods show­room on Route 20in Madi­son.

PHOTO SPE­CIAL TO THE DISPATCH BY MIKE JAQUAYS

Lau­rie, left, and Kenny Welling­ton pose on Nov. 3in their re­cently pur­chased Welling­ton Woods shop in Madi­son.

PHOTO SPE­CIAL TO THE DISPATCH BY MIKE JAQUAYS

Kenny, left, and Lau­rie Welling­ton pose on Nov. 3 in front of some of the fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions at their Welling­ton Woods shop in Madi­son. This week­end they are a part of a multi-busi­ness Hol­i­day Open House along the famed Route 20cor­ri­dor from Madi­son to Bouckville, an an­nual event end­ing Sun­day, Nov. 12at 5p.m.

PHOTO SPE­CIAL TO THE DISPATCH BY MIKE JAQUAYS

Lau­rie, left, and Kenny Welling­ton pose on Nov. 3in their re­cently pur­chased Welling­ton Woods shop in Madi­son.

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