Don Gaddy became a woodworker almost accidentally, picking up a second hand lathe at an estate sale. He needed a hobby after retiring as the owner of Exchange Bank. Since he and his wife, Patty, we avid antique colectors, it was only natural that he try to reproduce an antique. His first try was an interpetation of an ealy Dutch candlestick.
Gaddy sold his first piece after his lawnmower broke and Patty thought sellinga fiew pieces might bring enough cash for lawnmower parts. Soon he was running Olde Bitter Sweet Farm as a business selling the reproductions he made.
Gaddy make reproductions both from pictures and from actual antiques using old wood that he has scavanged. Once he's done, he and hife wife distress the price to give it that old look.
After Gaddy was selected for the Directory of Traditional American Crafts, his local newspaper, The Skiatook Journal, profiled him, and you can read the story by clicking here.
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