Family-Owned Wood-N-Crafts Opens North Of Spencer On U.S. 231 North
Since 1972, master craftsman Jerry Rogers has operated handcrafted wood merchandise shops in Nashville, Bloomington, Zionsville, Plainfield and Indianapolis.
“Woodworking is a passion, I just love doing it,” he said. “People bring furniture in for me to repair, then they’ll put in new orders for stuff. I’m a coin collector, that’s a hobby... this is a passion, I love woodworking.”
Rogers’ new storefront north of town, just past Woodland Drive is a family effort with daughters Jerilyn Rogers and Stephanie Killmore.
“I love it when the public comes in and they say they like things that are good quality and handmade,” he said. “A lot of the stuff you get anymore is this particle board stuff that will rip out and tear apart. I build everything from solid oak that comes straight from the woods to the mill and then I’ll bring it here and re-mill it to whatever I want.”
Some of Rogers’ best-known pieces are rocking horses, he even once crafted a full-scale quarter horse with a leather saddle to be used in parades. Likely his most difficult task, though, was a scaled down Harley-Davidson rocker.
“I won’t do it again, but the Harley was scaled-down to the ‘T,’ every nut and bolt on it,” he said.
The store is just now opening due to health issues Rogers encountered in late 2013; the family is planning a late April grand opening.
“We were having people tell us that something like this was needed here in (Spencer),” Rogers explained. “My daughter makes soy candles and everybody has been wanting them.”
“We’ve sold our woodworking out of the back of the building for the last two years, we just haven’t ever gotten open to the public,” Rogers admitted. “We’ve sold a lot on the Internet, too.”
An Indianapolis native, Rogers moved to Owen County in the 1980s to be closer to his family in Clay County and to his job as a paramedic with the Clay County Ambulance Service.
“I did my woodworking on the side and then I did the custom cabinets and it just grew from there. We opened up our craft stores and just kept doing woodworking.
I go to church at Lighthouse Tabernacle in Gosport and they kept telling me I needed to open back up,” the licensed wood master said. “The girls are going to run the front and I’ll just stay in the back.”
Jerilyn Rogers explained that the skill of woodworking has ran deep in her family, with her grandfather and great-grandfather handing down the trade to her father.
“We do a lot of custom work, but his signature piece would be the horses. He is also known for his flickering lights – the only other person around here who does the flickering light is in Nashville,” she said. “We have some craft items, but a lot of what we have is what’s made in the back. I make my soy candles at home. We’re also working on the spring items like swings and wishing wells.”
Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the shop is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 828 U.S. 231 North. Rogers can be reached by phone at 821-3945 or 859-4727.
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