Culloden native finds second career on TV pursuing woodworking
CULLODEN, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
A West Virginia native who retired nearly 10 years ago has decided to take up a second career in woodworking.
"Seeing a finished product, is a big enjoyment," Jerill Vance said.
After retirement in 2009, Vance decided to get back to work pursuing his passion and getting a degree in woodworking at age 55.
"I started acquiring machinery and tools back in the late '70s early '80s," Vance said.
Vance is building an array of Appalachian furniture and showcasing his talents for thousands across the state.
"I really like sharing my knowledge in educating others in not just how to build a piece of furniture but why a piece of furniture was designed a specific way," Vance said.
Vance is airing his pieces as the host of "Appalachian Heritage Woodshop," a six-part series that airs every Saturday on West Virginia PBS.
"Today's generation will understand the concept of the furniture, and not just what it was but how it was used," Vance said.
Every episode highlights Appalachian culture from furniture in past generations. With the help from his family, his custom pieces are made straight from his garage workshop.
"We video it in its use the way it was several generations ago, and that's usually done in black and white to give it an old feel," Vance said.
Giving back to the community a special piece of home and West Virginia history.
"It gives me a great deal of enjoyment to see the finished product and to see a satisfied customer when they see the finished product," Vance said.
Proving there's no time limit to make your dreams come true.
"No matter how old or young you are, you can always obtain your goals if you lay the plans to do it," Vance said.
The final episode of "Appalachian Heritage Woodshop" will air Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.