Blue Ridge Woodcrafters and Woodcrafts by Hedrick share a woodshop with 5,000 square feet, a vast supply of native wood, and limitless possibilities. John Brady spent his career as a teacher and a principal, and when he retired, he took to the woods. Opened in 2009, Blue Ridge Woodcrafters makes cleverly designed household items, custom furniture, and fun gadgets for the home and office. John is joined in his space by David and Ann Hedrick of Woodcrafts by Hedrick. David and Ann also started their journey in wood post-retirement. They specialize in toys, individually hand–crafting and designing each one to last a lifetime, to be passed on to your children’s grandchildren. Each toy is built and naturally finished or painted by hand.
Blue Ridge Woodcrafters and Woodcrafts by Hedrick source their own cherry, walnut, pine, and other woods, mostly from Alleghany County, but all from NC. Their designs are often influenced by the particular characteristics of a piece of wood or by an insight into how an everyday household item could become more functional. The shared showroom displays of stock and custom creations and the rest of the facility features multiple workstations and wood storage areas. Items for sale include cutting boards, lazy susans, boxes, racks, coasters, spoons, baskets, clipboards, business card holders, and toys of all kinds. Visitors will be able to take a full tour of the shop. In the custom build process, John and company talk through needs and wants with customers who can then select specific pieces of wood for their project. David and Ann are also happy to craft a customized birthday present or a family heirloom.
Woodcrafts by Hedrick:
Open Monday-Saturday 9 am – 5 pm