Dwight Womer is a craftsman and furnishings repairman. He’s the proprietor of Willard Furnishings Providers in Westminster.
Womer has all the time appreciated artwork. He likes summary portray. His aunt inspired him to pursue it, however he by no means did.
“I used to be having an excessive amount of enjoyable being a youngster,” Womer stated. “I additionally appreciated constructing issues by getting some wooden and slapping issues collectively after I was youthful. I actually bought began after I attended Hereford Excessive College and took woodshop. My largest satisfaction and possession is the trestle desk I made for my mom. I began in my junior 12 months and completed my senior 12 months as a result of youngsters have been vying for energy tools. She had it for 45 years. It’s now a legacy piece. I made it from an image out of an Ethan Allen catalog.”
When he graduated from highschool, Womer utilized to furnishings producers within the south hoping to turn out to be an apprentice.
My concept of constructing furnishings was a Williamsburg cabinetmaker and have a bit store like that, nevertheless it didn’t work out for me, so I grew to become a carpenter,” he stated. “At least I might cope with wooden.”
He continued to make furnishings by accumulating and utilizing all types of leftover wooden. He constructed a small tv stand for his dwelling and bookshelves. He additionally refinished small items of furnishings.
“Finally, I bought into amenities administration as a result of my physique couldn’t do the development anymore,” Womer stated. “No less than I used to be indoors and never out within the climate. I grew to become an account supervisor for a housekeeping firm and held a wide range of positions in senior residing, long-term care and rehabilitation. When COVID hit, the coverage adjustments and guidelines and laws have been overwhelming. The tempo was 120 miles an hour and I couldn’t sustain with it. My spouse and I made a decision that I ought to retire.”
When Womer retired in 2020, he wished to complement his Social Safety. He determined to do furnishings refinishing and restore. He has been steadily busy ever since.
He does rush seats in addition to caning, splinting.
“My first jobs have been our kitchen chairs,” he stated. “My father-in-law took one and stated he was by no means doing it once more, so I made a decision to do the remaining. My good friend Rick Barrick, who additionally does chair seats, is my mentor. It’s tedious and time consuming and takes persistence and focus. It’s simple to mess up a sample. It’s like crocheting. You discover it three rows later and should rip it out. I sit in entrance of the fireside and do my caning and dashing.”
Womer participates in Downtown Westminster Farmers Market together with the vacation one, winter and summer time.
Womer has additionally restored an Artwork Deco cedar chest.
“It was veneered and a large number,” he stated. “I stripped it down. The veneer was in good condition, nevertheless it had bumps and bruises. I depart these as a part of the persona of the piece. I re-shellacked it.
“The trunk had totally different shades of wooden together with pink and brown mahogany and maple. It had numerous persona. On the highest it had a curved lip and I noticed French sharpening. French sharpening is the method of placing a light-weight coat of shellac on the piece. You then take a balled-up fabric with shellac within the fabric. You set a bit denatured alcohol and rub it in a circle. It is vitally lovely. It offers it a depth and clean shiny shine like a piano end.”
Womer additionally restored a chestnut rocking chair from the mid-1800s that was lacking the rockers.
“When these rockers broke, they minimize the legs off,” he stated. “That occurred to this chair. I might see the place the rockers was. The rockers weren’t minimize off on the slot within the leg.”
He needed to recreate the rockers and add new channels to the legs. He needed to recreate structural chips within the legs.
“The chair should have sat in a barn for many years. It took 7 1/2 hours to wash it,” he stated. “As soon as it was evenly sanded, I oiled it with Danish oil, a polymerized linseed oil that’s simple to make use of on inside wooden.
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“I get numerous repairs for recliners, however I don’t do electronics. I’ve a logical and analytical thoughts. I appeared what was there and repaired a unfastened bolt.”
Womer stated his 85-year-old father-in-law helps him typically, working in his two-car storage transformed into a store.
“I name him my ‘sandman.’ My tasks all begin with sanding. If you don’t do it appropriately, the ultimate product won’t be proper.
“I’m my very own boss. What I’ve all the time loved was seeing the progress till the tip of it. What it appeared like after I bought it and what it seems like now. I like to see how joyful the purchasers are after they see it. I cannot put a chunk out except it’s proper and I’ll do no matter it takes to make it proper.”
Womer could be contacted at email@example.com or 443-487-3910.
Lyndi McNulty is the proprietor of Gizmo’s Artwork in Westminster. Her column, An Eye for Artwork, seems commonly in Life & Occasions.