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Woodworkers' Best-Kept Secret

You might just hear a bunch of noise. What they hear, is a symphony.

It's not a concert hall, but the Harvest House off Kenilworth Road in Asheville, where ideas play out in "surround sound."

Downstairs, you'll find the room that's part wood shop, part support group. It's only open on Thursdays and Fridays.
   
Each woodworker pays just a couple of bucks a day to use thousands of dollars worth of equipment.

"Two days a week, that's my addiction," says Fred Feldman of Black Mountain. "Well it's a beautiful place to work, I don't have these kind of tools."

Larry Williams has been addicted for 20 years.

"So if you've got an idea about something you can bring it here," Williams says.

The shop is for people of all ages, and all skill levels. But only 20 men and women use it regularly.

"I'd like to see more people here, it's as simple as that," instructor Bill Kopack tells us.

Bill loves seeing young people like Andrew Moore in the shop. Andrew's there working on an Eagle Scout project, making frames for the military flags on display at the Veterans Restoration Quarters.

"You're doing something with your hands," Andrew says while sanding. "Gives you pride in your work."

In the process, they cultivate what makes the craft of woodworking relevant. Even at a time when woodshop classes are a relic of the past at most high schools.

"Finishing the job, and having people say how nice it looks," Kopack explains.

That's the simple rush that keeps them coming back to the shop.
   
It's open Thursdays and Fridays from 10-5. Users can either pay by the session, or spend 20 dollars for 10 sessions.   

 



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