Get To Know Joe

Joe BourgeoisI am a furniture and cabinet maker. I also make art pieces and small objets d’arte. My journey with wood begins when I was six or seven years old. My mother, my brother and I lived in a redone boy scout club house across from the poor farm in Mansfield, MA. One day she heard banging and clawing at the kitchen wall.         My mother found us with a hammer (missing half the handle), a few bent nails and a couple of short pieces of wood.         We were building a room on the house and were making the doorway. She suggested we build the room first. How do you build a room was my question. When I was 12, I started working with a cabinet maker. I worked for no pay, but I was allowed to learn. I did this until I left for college (Harvard University) after which I taught history and then served as a United Methodist Preacher.         When I turned 40 I turned back to the room and became a licensed construction contractor and then a furniture and cabinet builder. My furniture includes inlays with wood, glass and tile. I build to suit the customer in whatever style he or she wants.         I build tables, chairs, beds, bureaus, desks, work centers, kitchen cabinets and other built-ins. I live in Bunker Hill, WV with my wife, Sharon and my grandson, Eric.