Mount Pleasant has a new gazebo, courtesy of Smith’s Sawdust Studio

NEW GAZEBO  — Officials from the village of Mount Pleasant stand in front of a new gazebo in a village park. The gazebo was installed by Smith’s Sawdust Studio, a local business that specializes in custom sheds, barns, gazebos and more. - Dylan McKenzie

MOUNT PLEASANT — The village of Mount Pleasant has a new gazebo in a local park, courtesy of a local construction company that enjoys giving back to the community.

Smith’s Sawdust Studio has been in the Upper Ohio Valley area in some form or another for more than 40 years, helping residents build barns, gazebos and other projects throughout the area. Owner Terry Smith said he has pride in his business for being willing to work on custom projects, investing a lot of time and effort into the project, as opposed to businesses that aren’t as flexible with the design of buildings.

“There’s been a lot of ‘barn builders’ recently pop up, and they’re not local businesses that spend their money locally,” Smith said. “We do, and that’s the difference.”

Smith said he and his employees recently completed two projects in the local area. Mount Pleasant officials contacted his company about building a new gazebo at the local park. Smith said village officials came to them because they are a local business, and working alongside local business owners is better for the community.

Smith’s Sawdust took the project, and, in short order, constructed a new gazebo for Mount Pleasant. Smith said he is happy the village decided to come to him for its needs, as he enjoys helping out a local community.

“We really appreciate that a lot,” he said.

Smith and his employees recently constructed a house in Barnesville for a couple that decided to build it as an investment on their property. Although most of his business comes in the form of sheds and barns used as storage buildings, Smith said over the past 20 years, they have constructed around 30 homes.

“They’re a lot less expensive than putting up a modular building,” he said.

Smith and eight employees had the building up in a little more than a full day.

Smith said it usually only takes, on average, one day to build.

He noted home building is another advantage his business offers over others, as he is willing to work with customers on projects such as houses.

Smith takes pride in being a local business owner who works to give back to the area around him and support the community.

“We’ve been here for 40 years,” Smith said. “We don’t plan on leaving anytime soon.”

For information on Smith’s Sawdust, visit the website at, or call (740) 484-4656.