Kentucky woodcraftsman, Dennis Reynolds, has been told that sawdust is in his blood. He thinks it’s probably true. After all, his grandfather, father and other family members made their living in the pallet and logging industry in Laurel County.
Even though he earned degrees in business and economics and makes his living as an accountant, he found his way back to wood.
As he puts it, “I was blessed with an opportunity to be employed with a wood flooring manufacturer in Somerset, KY, in 2012. Being surrounded by wood on a daily basis began to kindle a desire to try my hand at woodworking.”
In 2013 he purchased his first lathe and began acquiring more woodworking tools. He took classes in Berea that helped him improve his knowledge and skills.
“I now make cutting boards, bowls and other wood items. Working with wood allows for an outlet for the artist in me while making items to be used appeals to the accountant side of me.”
Reynolds became a juried member of the Mountain Heritage Artisans Guild in 2016. Reynolds and his wife, Lee, live in East Bernstadt with their two teenage daughters. Lee and the girls are often at Reynolds side when he sells at fairs.
Look for him at Sights and Sounds, an annual Thanksgiving weekend event held at the London Community Center, and at Arts & Eats held at the London Farmer’s Market in the spring and fall.