Sevier County Senior Center to get new wood working facility

Many people have hobbies they do all their lives. Others start them when they have more free time on their hands.
That is what Don Myers of Sevierville did. With a hobby of woodworking, Myers, now retired, with a group of his friends and fellow woodworkers spend their relaxation time building a variety of items.
“We have been working at the cattle barn at the fairgrounds for fifteen or twenty years now, but a few months ago they turned off the water in the area we were using,” stated Myers.
That is all it took for Myers to come up with the idea of a new wood working shop at the Sevier County Senior Citizens Center.
The building, which was erected just outside the back of the current center, was a dream made real by donations and hard work.
“It took us $30,000 to $35,000 to put it together,” stated Myers. “It’s not complete yet but we hope to have it open by the middle of July or August.”
Myers added jokingly, “People I knew would duck when they saw me coming,” speaking of his fund-raising abilities and his desire to raise the money needed.
The tools for the facility were purchased by the group of woodworkers. According to Myers, “As a member of the Council on Aging [and a volunteer for the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism], I’ve been to all 16 senior centers in East Tennessee and we have as well-equipped shop as any senior center I’ve seen.”
Myers said the group raised the money to buy the tools by making and selling items. “We made these Coca-Cola wagons that Lloyds of Gatlinburg would sell. We’d save the money and put it in a checking account. With that money we bought our own equipment.”
Myers said that when it’s complete, seniors can come by and work in the woodworking area and make, “Just about anything anybody wanted.”
A hobby turned major project for one group of men will make many happy, with the hobby of woodworking in the future. For more information of the Sevier County Senior Citizens Center or the new woodworking facility you can call the center at 453-8080.

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