At work with Alison: woodworking

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Lee Curtis, a carpenter who specializes in windows, always dreamed of owning his own wood-working business.

A coffee table made at Curtis Woodworking.

"My statement to my son was, 'I'd love to be able to wake up and say I'm going to the wood shop and work all day'," Curtis said.

When an opportunity came up for Lee and his son, Timothy, to take over a friend's wood-shop, they took a chance and opened Curtis Woodworking last year.

"We make hand-crafted rocking chairs, porch swings, and items that go along with that like coffee tables," Curtis said.

All of the wood used at the shop comes from West Virginia.

"I'll do a lot of cutting, planing, and making the part to size, then my son will take it from there and do the sanding and assembling."

The father-son team like their products to retain a natural look, so instead of paint, they just use a clear coat.

"All we do is sand, coat, sand, coat," said Lee, explaining the simple process that gives the furniture its shiny, natural finish.

Lee revealed that his love for wood working comes from his father.

"My dad was a craftsman and was always building things and making items for the family."

Now, he cherishes the chance to share his love for the craft with his own son.

'Building these and making this business work, and having my son be a part of that is probably my favorite part."

Lee says he would love to see younger generations take an interest in keeping these craftsman-type jobs alive.

'That would be wonderful if we could keep this tradition going, especially in the state of West Virginia."