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Greenville's green woodworker carves his own path

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GREENVILLE, Pa. -

When you think of a wood shop, you immediately get flashes of giant saws and power tools. You won't see any of that in Dave Fisher's shop in Greenville. He's featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine, using old-school tools and nature.

Fisher is a history teacher at Greenville High School, but his shop is his place to escape.

"To come in here in the evenings and on weekends and be able to just reflect and make things and have some quiet makes it a pretty special place to me," said Fisher.

One chop at a time, one sliver, he's developed a national following turning logs into something beautiful. He uses green wood, straight from the forest and into his wood shop.

"I never have a problem finding wood. We're surrounded by it," said Fisher. "It's got a lot of moisture in it, so it works a lot easier."

"Rather than going to the lumberyard and buying a piece of lumber that's been harvested somewhere else and dried and a lot of energy and a lot of people and a lot of middlemen involved in it, you can find your own wood from downed trees... basically what would otherwise be firewood," said Fisher. "So when I'm out walking in the woods, if I see a branch that has fallen from a tree there might have a nice spoon in it."

You look around his entire shop and there's not a single power tool to be seen. Instead, everything he's crafting is done with tools like an ax or adze. 

"I just decided one day, why not? I'm going to sell these power tools. Then I was able to use the money to buy some old antique handtools and learn how to fix them up and sharpen. It's just been kind of an adventure," said Fisher.

An adventure that has brought him closer to nature while building a connection with each individual project.

"You can see the tool and see how it's working. There's no mystery motor or dealing with horsepower," said Fisher.

It's an idea that's catching on. His shop has turned into his second classroom, with people coming from all over to learn from one of the best.

"I think there's an aspect where we really want to work with our hands. I think as human beings, making things whether it's a film or baking something or making a spoon, we want to work with our hands. We want to make something," said Fisher.

Not only make something, but make something incredible, unplugged and all natural.

If you want to give it a shot, you can learn more about his work or check out some of his YouTube videos on his website: davidffisher.com.

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