Early County High School Students Turn Scrap Wood Into Treasure

By: Jessica Leicht Email
By: Jessica Leicht Email

The Alexander building was built in 1903.

"110 years old is pretty old, I've never known anybody to be that old," ECHS Senior John Milner said.

The recent renovations left some very old pieces behind, much older than David Wolf's students.

"More like five times their age. This wood is about 110 years old. So if you really want to look at it, the tree was probably 75 or 80 years old when they cut it down so some of this wood is extremely old," Wolf said.

The Chamber of Commerce asked Mr. Wolf's Young Farmer class to make ink-pens with some of the building's debris.

"They had never made them out of large stock like this or lumber this old that can get a little brittle from time to time," Wolf said.

"It's been a thrill actually learning with the older wood."

The best part about these pens is you can write your future, with piece of the past.

"It's allowed them, our future generation to work with something that even their grandparents may have not been a part of," Wolf said.

"It's pretty interesting to take that part of history and kind of give it out in a different way," ECHS Senior Kyle Moore said.

That different way takes a lot of hard work.

"We go through so many blanks because they crack and break because of the age, we put a lot of time and effort into these," Milner said.

"I just want people to know the talent that our students have and what they can do,” Wolf said.

Wolf hopes this project will spark some creativity within his students.

If you're interested in buying a pen, contact the early county chamber of commerce at 229 723-3741.

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