For many residents, the decision to move to Deerfield may be our amazing Wellness Center, for others it is the beautifully landscaped, walkable campus. But for Joe Pawlick, Deerfield resident of 3 years, the woodworking center was the main draw.
This time of year, you’ll find him busy as an elf in the woodshop creating toys that he distributes each year to such organizations as the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots and Eliada Homes in Asheville. “I spend 20-30 hours a week in the woodshop, and I knew that this facility had to be first class,” said Joe.
Joe’s toy-building began about 25 years ago when the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers asked each of their members to make a toy for the “toys for tots” program. Joe, then a resident of Estill Springs, Tennessee, and a model and furniture builder for over 60 years, settled on a sturdy, all wood truck design.
That design was modified over time to increase its ruggedness, and Joe has since added school buses, locomotives,bulldozers, and even doll cradles and finely crafted jewelry boxes to his portfolio of designs.
Joe’s original truck donation 25 years ago to his woodworkers group has become an annual obsession for him. Again this year, he will be happily crafting his trucks and locomotives, and anticipating how his handiwork will bring a little extra cheer to a deserving child’s Christmas.