Bailey Wood Products wishes everyone a safe and Happy Independence Day! We will be closed from July 4th until July 7th, 2019. Our shop will reopen on Monday, July 8th, at 7 a.m. If you are planning on spending your holiday in your wood shop, please come visit our store in Kempton. We have plenty of domestic and exotic hardwood lumber, and live edge slabs. We are looking forward to seeing you.
7th Annual Fall Woodworker’s Fair,
Saturday, October 19th, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Announcing the 7th Annual Fall Woodworker’s Fair!
Just as we do each year since the very first Fall Woodworker’s Fair, Bailey Wood Products rolls out the coming Fall Fair with a brand new theme. In previous years, we have honored various woodworking arts and disciplines, and the environments our products come from. We have featured woodturners, scrollers, luthiers, and the tools that they use to create their works of art. This year, our theme includes carving decoys, wood ducks and their environment. We hope you will relish, with anticipation, the coming 2019 Fall Woodworker’s Fair as much as we enjoy preparing it for you! Check back often for information about our vendors, shopping, and food and crafts lineup.
As we enjoy the blessings of our Freedoms this Memorial Day, let us remember those who gave their lives, both in war and in peace time, in the service of our country. Bailey Wood Products wishes everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day. We will be open on Saturday, May 25th, until noon; but, closed on Sunday and on Monday, Memorial Day.
We have the opportunity to meet some of the best people at Bailey Wood Products! Yet, few if any can match today’s featured woodworker, Lenny McHugh, for sheer inspiration as one of life’s overcomers. Lenny McHugh continues to use his talents and available faculties to bring to reality his creative vision.
Born sighted, Lenny gradually lost his sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa. He first became interested woodworking in his early school years while he still had some vision. It was, however, not until 40 years later that he started woodcrafting in earnest.
A computer systems analyst for PennDot before he was forced to retire for other medical reasons in 1999, he was one of the first to use assistive devices to “read” the code he was no longer able to see on his monitor. Out of necessity, he learned to mentally visualize complicated computer code in his mind, a talent he uses when he creates his wood projects. Completely blind, McHugh, 72, now relies on talking tools to guide him, saying that he measures many times in his head before he makes that first cut. When others could have fallen into despair.
Recently, Lenny was featured on Eyewitness news in an interview by Kelly Choate. In this amazing story, Lenny had made a beautiful clock that he had donated to to his church Trinity United Church of Christ in Pottsville. The church had a large oil bill and was holding an auction in order to pay down their debt. The goal was to raise $1000, the amount raised from the auction of the clock alone was $1052.
CLICK HERE to see this wonderful interview on Eyewitness News. To read the front page article in the Pottsville Republican Herald, scroll down below the picture of the clock.
Blind Man Donates Clock to Church
BY AMY MARCHIANO / PUBLISHED: APRIL 9, 2019 Pottsville Republican Herald.
POTTSVILLE — Trinity United Church of Christ members are counting on a clock donated for a fundraiser to help pay winter heating bills. The public has the chance to buy tickets to win the walnut and Western curly maple wooden clock, which was made by a church member and city resident who is blind.
This isn’t the first time Lenny McHugh, 72, has made something for his church or others. He’s made several other clocks, a planter table and wishing well. “I don’t think I am doing anything different than anyone else. I’m just doing it differently,” McHugh said Monday.
Tickets [were] sold at $2 each or three for $5…A drawing for the winner [was] set for noon Thursday at the church. The church, which has about 50 members, has a fundraiser each year for different purposes; past efforts funded hymnals and windows. The heating bill is high this year, so it was chosen. The amount of the bill was not provided.
McHugh started making the clock in October and finished in late November. He uses power tools “very carefully” when he begins his labor of love. He used a jointer, router, drill press, various sanders and a variety of electric saws to complete the clock. He also uses a talking digital angle finder, which measures angles, and a tape measure that speaks the length of measurements. “I have a lot of respect for a saw,” McHugh said. He isn’t afraid of the blade because of safety features. “I’ve had a table saw for 20 or 30 years,” he said, adding he discarded an old one because it was too often out of alignment, and replaced it.
McHugh uses a plastic push stick as a guide that helps push the wood into the saw. He does have a bit of apprehension about the saw hitting a knot and kicking the wood back. In fact, he’s been hit before by a piece of wood, but suffered no serious injuries.
McHugh said he visualizes cutting the wood in his mind before he does it. McHugh has a hereditary condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, which leads to damage to the eye. “I just gradually lost my sight,” he said, though even as a child he had vision problems. While he does the cutting of the wood himself, he doesn’t glue, paint or stain the pieces, which in the case of the clock totaled 14. Usually, his wife, Karen, does that; but, for this clock a neighbor helped. The fundraiser organizer, said the church appreciates the donation of McHugh’s time and talent. The goal for the fundraiser is $1,000 and, of that, $650 has been raised.
To read the story as it is printed in the Republican Herald please click on this link- https://www.republicanherald.com/news/church-hopes-clock-made-by-blind-man-will-pay-heating-bills-1.2467814
The paper offers 24 hours passes to anyone interested for $1.
Please visit Lenny McHugh’s inspirational and humorous website. http://www.LennyMcHugh.com – There is a very extensive resource list for the blind. Lenny McHugh is International Brotherhood of Magicians member #43990.
Bailey Wood Products wishes everyone a blessed and peaceful Easter Holiday. We will be closed from Good Friday, April 19th until Easter Sunday April 21st. Bailey’s will reopen for business on Monday, April 22nd, at 7 a.m.
We have new live edged slabs at Bailey Wood Products!
At Bailey Wood Products, we are always adding to our inventory. But, before we can offer them for sale to our customers, we make sure that they have been adequately air and kiln dried. These exceptional beauties will be ready for our woodworkers in a few months.
In addition to both our Maple and amazingly wide Spalted Maple Slabs, we have Hickory Slabs. Hickory can have beautiful color variations, color streaks, and defined grain patterns. It is one the hardest, most dense, and durable of the native hardwoods.
Keep an eye on our blog posts to find out when these will be available. Super interested in a slab you see here? Please call the office to arrange an advanced look. Need something now? We have many slabs that can be taken home immediately. Please take a look on our Slab Inventory Page on the Bailey Website.
Last Spring, Bailey Wood Products was contacted by Hess Landscape Architects for a project they were working on in the Bahamas. Their client, from the greater Philadelphia area, owned property in the Bahamas. The wood on their existing entryway had deteriorated over the past 10 years and they were seeking a wood species that was more durable than the wood they originally had used to create the arbor structure of the project.
When Hess Landscape Architects asked us about the availability of Ipe Lumber for this project, the discussion progressed and Bailey Wood Products became a turn key supplier of components in both wood and other material to complete the project. The 30 pieces of 4×6 rafters all had a routed detail on both ends of each piece. The main support beams in 4×10 also had routed details on the ends. The sections where the beams were joined were routed together with scarf joints. Additionally, all material was supplied pre-machined, and coated with an adequate UV finish to hold up to the harsh sun and wind of the tropical climate. Copper cladding was also manufactured and supplied to cover to tops of all the rafters.
Our customer also requested that all wood components be preliminarily coated with a UV protective coating prior to shipment, and that the components would get a second coating after construction was completed. Bailey Wood Products researched and sourced a product call Seal It Once that is manufactured by UC Coatings Corp from Buffalo, NY. Their knowledge and product support were great from start to finish. The final request was to have solid copper cladding made to cap the tops of the rafters. Bailey Wood Products sourced the copper trim coil and prepared the caps to be shipped with all components to the job site.
This project is not our normal everyday work, but Bailey Wood Products feels that we have a responsibility to work with the customer, by providing more value to them than just a wood product. Working to solve specific needs and unique requirements for the customer is what we feel makes us different. This project created some unique challenges. Ipe wood is one of the hardest and most dense materials, but well suited for areas requiring rot resistance and durability. The material grows in Brazil, which we sourced through one of the importers we work with. We then were fortunate to partner with a shop that had the knowledge and ability to perform all of the CNC routing of the 4” thick timbers. Almost every company we contacted didn’t want to touch the thick Ipe because of it’s hardness. Our CNC contact did a superb job, and the results speak for themselves.
We thank Hess Landscape Architects for the work, and appreciate the opportunity to take on a challenging, but rewarding, project like this. We also want to let our customers know that we do more than sell wood; we help provide solutions and insight into offering the best wood products and service to back them up. This project is one example of what we can offer.
What a SWEETHEART of a weekend we have lined up for all our customers! It looks like we will be having a packed house at Bailey Wood Products on Saturday, February 16th. We have just a couple seats left for the Bush Oil Seminar and Demonstration. If you want to join us, please call the office and secure your spot now. We won’t be taking any reservations beyond Wednesday as we have to order lunch for everyone who is attending.
All customers, whether they attend the seminar or not, are welcome to take 10% off of retail products in the shop. So, if you LOVE wood, come down to Baileys this Saturday from 7 a.m to Noon. Lunch is at 12 p.m. and the Bush Oil Seminar is at 1:30. Phone 610-756-6827 today.
Just in case you think that you have seen everything…
…We have added lots of new pieces of live edge lumber to our slab inventory. We have added some Ash, Soft Maple, Spalted Maple, Ambrosia Maple, Cherry, Sycamore and Walnut of course. Visit our online store and click the Slab Inventory tab to see our entire selection; then come for a visit and fall in love with your next project.
Calling All Lovers of Wood!!
Come join us at on Saturday, February 16th for the Bailey Wood Products’ Valentines Day for Woodworker’s Event!
We kick of the day with some shopping. Every customer can take 10% off their entire purchase of Retail Stock in the shop. Because we know that folks will definitely be working up an appetite while shopping, we will be supplying a complementary lunch to everyone who reserves a seat at the Bush Finishing Oil Seminar and Presentation with owner William Bush. There will be several door prizes, with one lucky person winning a complete Bush Premium Oil Finishing Kit!
Shopping will begin at 7:00 a.m. with new stock of specialty woods and laser created wood products for your sweetheart and end with lunch being served at noon. The Bush Oil Seminar and Presentation will start at 1:30 p.m. and end with a question and answer period. Approximate time for the seminar is 2 to 3 hours, depending on discussion.
Please call our office to make your reservation by February 13th. Reservations are a must so that we can ensure that we have enough food for everyone who wishes to attend the seminar.
Phone 610-756-6827 today as seating is limited. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Back in early 2018, Jeff Schucker purchased Catalpa logs from a resident of Albany Township. Their property has a log structure on it that is one of the oldest in Albany township, which we call the Daniel Berk Log House, after the man who originally constructed it. The deed to the property can be traced directly back to William Penn. This Catalpa tree, which was growing next to the house, was showing signs that it was in decline and the current owner of the property didn’t want to risk it falling on his restored home. A local arborist took the tree down, and the homeowner contacted us to see if we would be interested in the wood.
After purchasing the tree, Jeff milled it into a set of 2 ½” thick live edge slabs that yielded widths up to 28” wide and 10’ long. The the slabs were marked in the sequence that they were sawn out of the log, so that they would be able to be made into book matched table tops of up to 50”+ width. These would also make great bar tops, or smaller single table tops as well.
Catalpa has a nice golden color, and is a very close match to American Chestnut in appearance. Chestnut, which blighted out in the 1800’s, is only available in reclaimed stock. We like the fact that this tree looks much like the American Chestnut that grew in Albany Township when the Daniel Berk log house was originally built, making it a nice fit to the era and history of where the tree grew.
It is now ready to be made into a useful piece of furniture for its new life, and to be enjoyed for many years and generations to come. The slabs are currently available in our retail show room, and are individually priced for sale.