When it comes to craft woodworking, Vankleek Hill’s Do Woodworking can create whatever the mind can envision.
The Do in the company’s name is for its owner Derek Overvest – with the ‘o’ in lower case to indicate he will do any design and build whatever the customer’s heart desires. While some don’t understand the meaning of the name at first, once they meet with Overvest and start laying out their ideas it all becomes clear.
“I’ve had a little trouble getting across the meaning of the name,” Overvest laughs. “Basically people just tell me what they want, or show me a picture of something they have seen, and I’ll do it.”
Started in February of 2019, Do Woodworking has fulfilled numerous custom orders of all types of household and commercial furniture and decor. Some are along the lines of items people saw online and wanted replicated, while others are unique custom designs.
Overvest’s most recent project when The Review stopped by for photos was a huge new custom bar for the Sticky Cow Southern BBQ’s new fully-licensed tap room and patio on Terry Fox Drive in Vankleek Hill. The finishing touches on the six-metre long bar – which can be broken down into two pieces and taken on the road – were in the process of being completed in time for the new location’s grand opening on Saturday, August 29. Olivia Lynn Design is creating a new logo for Do Woodworking, which will be prominently displayed behind the new bar.
“This is my biggest project by far,” Overvest commented, on the amount of work he has put into the bar project for the Sticky Cow, noting most of his projects consist of artisan furniture, plant stands, headboards, coffee tables and other items for private homes.
While he will use all types of wood, the majority of the items constructed at Do Woodworking are made from softwoods, such as pine and cedar. For items used in private homes, softwood construction helps keeps costs down and makes the end product more affordable for the customer.
“The hardwoods take longer to work – sanding, jointing – everything takes longer with hardwood,” Overvest explains. “Right now it’s within people’s price range to do softwood, so they can show me something (they have seen online) and I am pretty good to re-create it.”
The re-purposing of older wood is very important to Overvest, and many of his projects use material which might have otherwise been discarded. Fortunately growing up on a farm and living in a rural area has its benefits and he finds much of his barn board and other aged woods by scouring through the barns and sheds of friends and neighbors.
“Back in the day, guys would see a nice board and they wouldn’t just throw it in the fire, so there are lots of nice boards always stored in the upstairs of barns,” Overvest points out, chuckling as he looks around at the barns on his family’s property. “It’s still available for now. I haven’t had to pull boards off any of my dad’s barns – yet.”