Our History

Lake Pleasant is a tiny village in the Town of Montague, MA. It was established in 1870 as a campground and was a popular destination for early American Spiritualists. Many of the residents here are second, third, and even fourth generation.  The famous Bridge of Names is a footbridge that connects the two residential areas surrounding the lake. It was built by many of the residents in the early part of the 20th Century. Over time, the bridge needed to be re-built due to wear and tear. Again, the residents gathered together to complete the task, my father included. The pickets display the names of past and present residents.  

 I was born and raised here. In fact, I live three houses down the street from the house that I grew up in.  That house is where I spent countless hours in the basement with my father, watching him work on little projects, learning about the tools, materials, and techniques he used to create picture frames, candy dispensers, tables, chairs, curio cabinets, toy boxes, and other odds and ends. Those times spent with my dad are some of my most cherished memories. My dad's love of working with wood to create useful things with style, form and function that could stand the test of time inspired me to follow in his footsteps.

I took the knowledge that my father passed down to me and expanded on it with my own imagination and designs; from making bedroom furniture for my children, to a toy box for my nephew, a fireplace surround, shelves, and other knick-knacks for my family. I started working with local and exotic hardwoods; making cutting boards, cheese boards, and other trinkets for family and friends. With their love, support, and encouragement, I have decided to offer these pieces to you. Each piece is made with the highest standard of quality, functionality, and elegance with locally sourced woods.

I hope my dad is proud of me!

Sincerely,

Lake Pleasant Wood Crafts

 

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