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Picture Perfect: County man enjoys retirement making frames

Chuck King has always had an interest in woodworking.

He has done almost all of the remodeling work at his rural Wabash home, including the building of a workshop, as well as an addition to the shop. He also enjoyed making lawn decorations for his home.

That all changed about 2003, when his mother asked him a favor: Please make frames for her so she could put pictures in them and give them to family members for Christmas presents.

About the same time, his father-in-law was a contractor remodeling houses a local farmer would buy and sell.

“He was in one house and they had barn wood on a few walls,” King said. “He was over here one night and asked, ‘You want any barn wood?’ I said I would take it. He said to come over and take a look at it and we’ll throw it in my truck.

“It still had nails in it. It was a good pile of barn wood, all natural. I brought it home and took all the nails out of it. At the same time my mom asked me about the pictures, so, OK, I’ll use some barn wood.”

King had his photo on display in his workshop. It shows him as a youngster, dressed as a cowboy, standing in front of the family tree. A piece of rope is in the center of the frame, adding some extra flair to the end product.

Posted on 2021 May 04