Woodworking shop opens in Wellsville

RIVERSIDE WOODSHOP — Ellouise and Brad Shirley, owners of the Riverside Woodshop, a local artisan shop located at 812 Main St., Wellsville, specialize in custom-made furniture and decor. Here the Shirleys stand behind a recently finished custom craps table, while Mrs. Shirley holds a custom-engraved carving board with the four houses and coat of arms of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter series of books.
-- Steve Rappach

RIVERSIDE WOODSHOP — Ellouise and Brad Shirley, owners of the Riverside Woodshop, a local artisan shop located at 812 Main St., Wellsville, specialize in custom-made furniture and decor. Here the Shirleys stand behind a recently finished custom craps table, while Mrs. Shirley holds a custom-engraved carving board with the four houses and coat of arms of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter series of books. -- Steve Rappach

WELLSVILLE — Those who love woodcrafted signs, furniture and other items now can find such a place in Wellsville.

The possibilities are endless at the Riverside Woodshop, a new business located at 812 Main St. that sells quality custom furniture creations and decor, all locally handcrafted from the finest wood available, according to owners.

Owned and operated by Brad and Ellouise Shirley, the woodshop handles a variety of items and caters to what the customer is looking for at home, with Brad serving as the shop’s artist.

“We do, kind of like an old-fashioned woodshop, whatever a customer comes in and wants; we can do most anything,” he said. “We do a lot of wall decor, signage, the house name plaques, all kinds of stuff.”

Using reclaimed wood including, but not limited to, hard maple, cherry and white oak, Riverside Woodshop offers just about everything, including standard outdoor wood signs, pictures, posters, coffee tables, cutting boards of various sizes, medallions, cribbage boards, wall shelves, wall clocks, hole signs for golf courses, custom wedding envelope boxes, and one of its largest undertakings, a craps table.

The items can include engravings and other insignia. Some of the popular designs have included numerous pro football teams, military insignia and books such as the Harry Potter series and movies and shows such as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “Game of Thrones.”

The woodshop, however, is not limited to making items. The Shirleys can give a signature look to someone’s home or trailer for those who may be in the process of remodeling.

“I had a guy, he was redoing a boat trailer, and he wanted these cedar planks rounded off for putting on his trailer,” Brad said. “So it’s not just making stuff. Sometimes it’s just a homeowner who needs a piece of wood cut, or something rounded and what not.”

“We’ve had people remodeling their house and, say, moved and tore up floor boards or something, and they bring in parts of it and they will have us carve their name in,” Ellouise said.

Along with working in-house, Riverside Woodshop work can be seen at various craft shows and events throughout the area, which has kept the two busy throughout the craft season.

“For shows, we do things like a set of coasters with the ‘Game of Thrones’ theme,” she said. “If it’s made with wood, we do it.”

The business first started last year, as the Shirleys did woodworking from their home before expanding to the Main Street location a couple months ago.

“My goal is to almost be a little old-fashioned in the sense of the old town,” Brad said. “If you think back a hundred years, you had your woodshop, your blacksmith, those types of artisan crafts or what not.”

The woodshop is open for business throughout the week by appointment.

Brad said there are no set hours of operation for the showroom at the moment since he works in the shop throughout the day.

“Right now, it’s pretty much a word of mouth; lights are on, come on in,” he said.

For information or to place an order, call (234) 736-1812 or visit “The Riverside Woodshop” on Facebook.

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