Woodworking shop opens in Wellsville

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 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. Both items were made inside the shop. (Photo by Steve Rappach)

WELLSVILLE — Those who love woodcrafted signs, furniture and other items can now 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 for all settings, all locally handcrafted from the finest wood available.

Owned and operated by Brad and Ellouise Shirley, the woodshop handles a wide variety of items and caters to what the customer is looking for at home, with Mr. Shirley also 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 handcrafts and makes 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 that was just about ready for delivery.

The items can also include engravings and other insignia. Among 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 just limited to making items, but can also give a helping hand, or even 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,” Mr. Shirley said. “‘Yeah, come on in, we’ll put it through the shaper for him.’ 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,” Mrs. Shirley said.

Along with working in-house, Riverside Woodshop can also 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,” Mrs. Shirley said. “We have Star Wars in here.”

“If it’s made with wood, we do it,” Mr. Shirley added.

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,” Mr. Shirley said. “If you think back a hundred years, you had your woodshop, your blacksmith, those types of artisan crafts or what not.”

At this time, the woodshop is open for business throughout the week by appointment. Mr. Shirley said there are no set hours of operation for its 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,” Mr. Shirley said.

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