Stacy produces practical-use woodwork

11/23/2018 10:00 AM
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Cherokee Nation citizen Buddy Stacy stands in his workshop where he creates custom home décor and Christmas toys through woodworking. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Covered in Christmas decorations, a handmade mantle sits in the living room of Buddy Stacy, who created the piece for his wife, and is one of the many custom creations made by the Cherokee woodwork artist. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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A stock of handmade and store bought toys sit ready to be distributed from the home of Cherokee Nation citizen Buddy Stacy, who uses his woodwork talent to create the toys from his workshop. The toys are donated each year to the CN Angel Project and Help-In-Crisis. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation citizen Buddy Stacy creates practical works of art through woodworking, a talent he said he developed in his childhood.

“I’ve been woodworking my whole life. Woodworking as a child, I’d go out and hammer stuff together and just act like I’d had been making stuff,” Stacy said.

During the years he’s built home décor-type items with a rustic feel such as mantles, tables, shelves, wooden lanterns, Christmas ornaments, television trays and small trunks. He uses lumber such as pine, barn wood or reclaimed wood.

“If I can put it together, I want to do it,” he said.

In addition to household items, he creates hand-turned pens and pencils to sell.

He sells his woodwork through commission and doesn’t keep a stock of items. He creates pieces as they are ordered.

“Pretty much everything I build I’ll just sit and I’ll stare. Like with the mantle, I just stared at where the mantle was going to go and built it piece by piece in my head. There’s very little measurement, as far as using a tape measure, very little of that done there. It’s all done in my head. I build it and I just size stuff as I go,” he said.

He said this process makes each piece unique and customizable.

Depending on the commissioned pieces, pricing varies on labor and the time it takes to build it. He said his work usually averages about $12 per hour. “Anything that anybody thinks they need I’ll give it a shot.”

Stacy also continues to create wooden toys around Christmas time to donate to the CN Angel Project and Help-In-Crisis.

In the past he’s made simple wooden toys and compared his work area to Santa’s workshop. He’s made folding chairs, cars, buses, trucks, trinket boxes, and this year is introducing wooden baseball bats.

“I start about August, September looking on Pinterest and Etsy and things to see what people are selling. I won’t directly copy their patterns, but I’ll get influences from their patterns,” Stacy said.

After making the toys, he has volunteers help him paint and distribute them in time for Christmas.

For more information, visit Stacy’s Facebook pages Buddy’s Custom Creations and Buddy’s Custom Creations Discussions or call 918-931-8101.
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Lindsey Bark grew up and resides in the Tagg Flats community in Delaware County. She graduated from Northeastern State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, emphasizing in journalism. She started working for the Cherokee Phoenix in 2016. Working for the Cherokee Phoenix, Lindsey hopes to ...


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