Gregory Orville: Beauty from Start to Finish
My name is Gregory W. Orville. My story dates back to 1977 when I entered the carpentry trade with Local Union 171 in Youngstown, Ohio. I was employed by a company that had a cabinet, welding, paint and trim shop. I was blessed to learn all facets of each entity. Soon after, I realized I wanted to do more than just my eight hours of work. I wanted my own cabinet shop.
I married my high school sweetheart and we began the journey of building an inventory of tools and equipment, as well as dreaming of having our own shop setting. We bought our first home. Shortly thereafter, we built our own dedicated shop space. I turned a lot of furniture and cabinetry out of that first shop and we were well on our way.
In 1998, we began building a home on five acres with a dedicated shop space of a little more than 1,300 square feet. Then we built another detached building where I could do welding, mainly for repairs to the tractors. This is where the seed was planted for the crafting. Previously, I had made some specialty craft pieces for an auction to benefit the local rescue mission. One was a piece we called “The Armor of GOD.” It was very well received and sought after by almost everyone at the auction. It is my hope to have some ready for next year’s show.
Back in 2015, I began designing a “Granite Wine Table,” which is featured this year. It has taken me nearly two years to design, refine, and create the first prototype. Upon its completion, my wife and I donated it to a worthy cause raising money for a young woman needing a transplant.
Craft work is done painstakingly, one piece at a time. I conduct multiple processes to complete a single wine table. Each table includes sizing, cutting and deburring the steel, the welding process, milling all the wood components to size, drilling and routing the necessary parts, then lastly, the staining and painting. Whew! I am tired just thinking about it.
In March, I am planning to retire from my full-time job. I will be 62 years old and hope to devote my full attention to designing and fabricating our craft work. Exciting times are ahead!
This is our first year at the Shaker Woods Festival. We hope for good weather and a tremendous turnout, as well as a positive response to our craft.
We especially thank Lana and the jury for allowing us this opportunity. Stop by and see us in booth #190.