What: Jewelry hangers and boxes, plus wall hangings, art pieces, signs and more, handmade of reclaimed wood. Prices are $58-$140 for trays, $77-$140 for jewelry hangers and $150-$400 for art pieces.
Who: Tim Williams started his business by chance. A painter/faux finisher by trade, he was involved in a bad car accident in October 2014. After a 2 1/2-week stint in the hospital, he was released in a wheelchair and had the full use of only his arms.
“Every morning I would wake up in pain, so I began diving into art and drawing for a kind of pain management,” he says. “As I got a little better, yet still in a wheelchair ... I found that I could lower my tools to still be able to use them, with some limitations, from my wheelchair. This in a small way made me feel normal. It was both frustrating and beautiful at the same time.”
A former distance runner, Tim also recalls feeling the kind of connection with wood that he used to feel while running trails in the woods.
He began acquiring and selling reclaimed wood and making all sorts of pieces – an accent piece to an ottoman and everything in between.
How: Williams begins with a rough concept. Because he favors geometric design, you’ll often see related markings in his creations. “From a chevron to a herringbone pattern, I try to let the natural variations in the wood do the talking.”
He rips his stock from larger pieces of wood to ensure it’s customized from start to finish. He uses standard woodworking tools and has a timing system to hit the right moisture content for his reclaimed wood.
“I have always been artistic. I just let it die when work got busy,” he says. “It was as if God used my wreck to bring out who I truly was, at least just a little part of who I am.”
Favorite piece: “Hard to say … I think each new piece is my favorite, because I enjoy the dreaming up and creating more than I actually do the building of each piece.”
Find it: The Sanctuary at Davidson; Williams: 704-728-5424; firstname.lastname@example.org.