LaSeur Knives Joins Historical Woods

Historical Woods has formed a new collaboration with Anthony LaSeur of LaSeur Knives.  Tony produces beautiful knives, carefully handmade with attention to every detail.  LaSeur Knives is a small workshop in Fredericksburg, Virginia, that specializes in heirloom-quality kitchen knives, and also accepts a wide range of custom projects.  The Artisnal Knife he's designed for us is a historic match for the period from which our woods were grown.  Every step in the process, from forging or grinding to heat treating and sharpening is done in-house by a single artisan. We are thrilled to welcome Tony to our family of craftsmen.

VIP Gifts

When you own one of our historic wood items, you're in famous company.  Historical Woods is honored to have been commissioned to produce gifts for some very important people.  A few of these VIPs include former President George W. Bush, Virginia Governor Terence McAuliffe, television host Bill O'Reilly, former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Senator John Warner. If you're shopping for someone important in your life, you've come to the right place!

Pen & Box for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - 2013

Pen & Box for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - 2013

A gift for former President George W. Bush from the Stafford Rotary - 2007

A gift for former President George W. Bush from the Stafford Rotary - 2007

Pen & Box for former President Bill Clinton - 2013

Pen & Box for former President Bill Clinton - 2013

Gift to television host Bill O'Reilly - 2015

Gift to television host Bill O'Reilly - 2015

Pen & box set for Virginia Gov. Terence McAuliffe - 2014

Pen & box set for Virginia Gov. Terence McAuliffe - 2014

Our team

Historical Woods works with many different craftspeople who each bring their unique talents to the items we sell to you.  We are proud to have these members on our team.


Trevy Thomas

Trevy Thomas

Trevy Thomas serves as president of Historical Woods and organizer of the artists who make up the team.  It has been her job to shape the business into a creative venture that honors its founder's dreams and preserves the history of the wood left in her care.


Nathan Tocus at work on the lathe

Nathan Tocus at work on the lathe

Nathan Tocus turns pens, cuts and hauls wood, is our resident photographer and technology lifesaver. We couldn't do this without Nathan! In his spare time, he builds and flies high-powered rockets and walks the Historical Woods dogs.


Mitch Kilgore with wife, Marie, and dog, Gus

Mitch Kilgore with wife, Marie, and dog, Gus

To this day Mitch resides deep in the rural piney woods of Louisiana with his wife Marie & dog Gus, continuing his craft.  Never at a loss for new ideas Mitch stays busy creating new items, and filling orders from the repertoire of his life's works.  

Mitch Kilgore has been crafting unique wooden items of his own design for over 50 years.  The items cover a wide range, from furnishings to sculptures, jewelry to musical instruments, awards, signs and art. The list goes on.  His work has been shipped to far corners of the globe from his shop in Southeastern Louisiana.  He has received numerous awards and ribbons for his work which has also been displayed on the covers of two national magazines.  Also, a short article was published on his Violin making in an issue of National Geographics Traveler Magazine.

Mitch makes our fleur-de-lis pendants and earrings.  He also carries non-historic items through his site at Woodwing Art.


Jim Rieger

Jim Rieger

Jim Rieger, in conjunction with his daughter, Ashley, makes modern boxes out of historic wood that fit our pens beautifully.  He can also custom make a box or other project.  Their joint venture, Dashwoods Designs, also sells non-historic items through Etsy.


Joseph Wilkinson in his busy shop

Joseph Wilkinson in his busy shop

Joseph Wilkinson turns our raw timbers into manageable blanks so we can provide each artist with the right wood for the job.  He has worked on some of our larger pieces in the past, turning planks into mantles and giving all around advice on how to best proceed with the wood we have but Joe can make anything. His shop is here in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and he works steadily making furniture and other pieces through his site, Wilkinson's Woodworking.


Tim Eggers

Tim Eggers

Tim Eggers has cultivated over 20 years of woodworking experience. He has made our beautiful natural-edge boxes and can be called upon to do other projects as well.  When he’s not creating new sculptures and functional pieces of art, Tim enjoys collecting, restoring and riding antique high wheel bicycles, hang gliding.Tim can be found at the shop he created, HighWheel Woodworks, in the LibertyTown Arts Workshop in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He also founded a woodworking school and guild, The Workshop.

HWA founder William Jewell commissioned to make gift for President Bush, President Clinton, Virginia Gov. McAuliffe, Political Commentator William O’Reilly, and former U.S. Senator John Warner

Gift for President Bush - George Washington Horse Chestnut Pen & Box

A beautiful handcrafted fountain pen and box, made from a tree that George Washington planted, is now in the hands of President George W. Bush. William Jewell was asked to create a special gift for the President by the Rotary Club of Stafford, Virginia, who sponsored his visit to Fredericksburg for a speech on the economy.

"When I found out that the special guest was President George W. Bush, immediately I knew what the gift should be. I thought, What would be more fitting than a beautiful fountain pen and box set for the President's desk?"

The wood used to create these items comes from America's Historic Horse Chestnut Tree, which was reclaimed by Historical Woods of America from Fauquier Street in downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia. This is the last of the 13 Horse Chestnut trees known to have been planted by George Washington to represent each of the 13 colonies, and to provide shade for his mother and sister as they walked to and from each other's houses. The pen was presented in a box handmade by Tim Eggers, a craftsman for Historical Woods, and engraved by John Bufalari of American Wood and Stone, Inc.

When presented with the gift, President Bush said "Thanks for the gift that was planted by the first G.W."  The local newspaper, The Freelance Star interviewed Mr. Jewell and made a videotape the making of this pen.  Historical Woods of America was honored by this opportunity to create a gift from such a national treasure for the President.

The collector's grade fountain pen was created using the black titanium/rhodium Emperor style components supplied by Craft Supplies USA.

Read about this story in the news:

Free Lance-Star:Historic Wood Heads to D.C.

William Jewell makes gift for President Bush from the Horse Chestnut Tree.  View a video of the making of this pen.

Custom Alliances and Special Projects

William Henry Studios & Fahrney’s Pens Exclusive

Historical Woods of America is pleased to announce that we have recently team up with William Henry Studios and Fahrney's Pens for a special project. We have been asked to provide wood for knife handles from "America's Historic Horse-Chestnut Tree" that was planted by George Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

William Henry is devoted to the vision of designing and building the finest tools possible. Founded in 1997 by partners Matthew William Conable and Michael Henry Honack, William Henry has grown from a one-man shop to a 20 person company that has established a new benchmark of excellence.

The wood has been used to create the handles on a limited edition (50 pieces only) series of special knives that are being sold exclusively through Fahrney's Pens, the premier pen retailer in the country.  

Please Note: You may order these knives from Historical Woods of America as well, however, if you decide to purchase directly from Fahrney's, please be sure to tell them that you saw it here first.

Read more about the project here and on Flickr.

"Presidential Classic" 1911 Model Limited Edition Handguns

We are proud to announce that HWA has teamed up with elite firearm manufacturer Wilson Combat of Berryville Arkansas. We have been asked to provide them with grip material from "Americas Historic Horse-Chestnut Tree", the last survivor of the thirteen famous Horse Chestnut trees that George Washington planted on Fauquier St. in downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia.

This series contained only five pistols and sold out within 2 hours of being released to the public. To view and read more on the first in this series named the "Presidential Classic" model, Click the link below.

Presidential Classic" 1911 Model Limited Edition Handguns

We expect to see the next limited edition series coming out soon and will update this page when we get the images and information from Wilson Combat.

Wilson Combat is one of the premier 1911 model pistol manufacturers in the world and it's an honor to be working with them on this special project. Click the the link to see what else they do:

www.wilsoncombat.com

If you are interested in purchasing one of these extremely rare and highly collectible pistols from the next series, please contact John May at Wilson Combat 870 545 3635

Freedom's Steel

HWA is again proud to have been asked to be involved in another important custom project with our historic George Washington Horse- Chestnut tree wood.

We are part of a collaboration between several master craftsmen in the creation of a one of a kind custom presentation knife named "Freedom's Steel" that was created for the grassroots organization Knife Rights.

We have supplied the George Washington Horse-Chestnut wood for the handle on this special knife that has been donated to the NRA-ILA and will be auctioned off at their annual meeting in St Louis, MO on the weekend of April 13.

More information and photos of this knife can be found at:

The Knife Rights