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Joe Bourgeois

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Born in 1947 Joe Bourgeois has worked with wood since 1959 when he began assisting in a cabinet maker’s shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After graduating from Harvard University in 1969 he began a career teaching and preaching until 1991 when he returned to his first love – woodworking.

His grown children Lori and Joe,  and his wife, Sharon have always supported his endeavors as he supports theirs’. A handyman business was begun which developed into a general contracting firm where the focus was on old house restoration. From there he built a 30’x50’ shop in the back yard of his house in Bunker Hill, West Virginia. In 2005 he filled the shop with state-of-the-art equipment and began learning to build custom furniture and cabinets.

Joe now constructs furniture, cabinets, built-ins and artistic works. On January 1, 2013 he was elected President of the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative in Charles Town, West Virginia. His work is also shown in Tamarack, the center for artisan work in West Virginia.

His motto is, “Every day put your hands on the wood.”

Joe in his Billcap