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Furniture, Cabinets and So Much More!

Congrats to our Creative Network Member Joe Bourgeois. He was featured for his work in the May 2019 edition of Uncovering the Valley with Tammi Collins.

Furniture, Cabinets and So Much More!

By: Megan Longmire, Brightmorr Media

Joe Bourgeois of Bourgeois Furniture in Bunker Hill, West Virginia began his woodworking career by attempting to add a room onto his mother’s home in Manchester, MA at age 6.  He, along with his brother, a hammer with half a handle, some bent nails and some scrap wood, decided to build on without their mother’s knowledge and began construction of a doorway.  When questioned as to why they were building the doorway without first building the room, Joe asked his mother, “How do you build a room?”

Since then, Joe Bourgeois has learned the ins and outs of word working and construction through first volunteering with a cabinet maker beginning at age 12 and later by returning to school at age 40 to become a licensed contractor, furniture maker and cabinet maker.  Joe graduated from Harvard University and his first career path was to teach History.  During this time, he met the young lady who is now his wife of more than 50 years, Sharon.  After teaching History, Mr. Bourgeois decided to become Pastor in the United Methodist Church.  Sharon, being from Arkansas, had family there in the ministry and she and Joe moved to Leslie, Arkansas to pursue his second career path. 

After 16 years in the ministry, Joe and Sharon moved to the Shenandoah Valley in the hopes of Joe getting a position with the general office of the United Methodist Church in Washington, DC.  As that fell through, Sharon took a job as a United Methodist Pastor in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and Joe began working his way from general handy man to licensed contractor.  For several years, Joe worked as a contractor before he and his son built him a shop and he began Bourgeois Furniture.

Thankfully, Joe and Sharon have remained in the area and Joe has continued to make his beautiful furniture and art.  What began in early childhood has turned into Joe’s passion.  When not wood working, Joe enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and reading anything he can get his hands on.  Joe and Sharon, along with their grandson, Eric, reside in Bunker Hill, West Virginia.  You can reach out to Joe Bourgeois at 304-839-8016 or on Facebook @BourgeoisFurnitureWV.