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Who's in the wormhole

Jay Gould - Mission Commander

Jay has had a lively career as a photographer and professor, but also has deep roots in woodworking and general tinkering. The Gould family have a long woodworking history, and it’s not unusual for some of the beautiful Black Walnut wood used in WHWS's products to have come straight from his great-grandfather's Illinois mill.

To view Jay’s fine art projects, please visit jgould.net

PROCEED WITH CAUTION: For a deeper dive into the wormhole of Jay and his family's crafty past, click here

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... also sucked in

Bess Bieluczyk - Senior Communication Officer

While Jay is in the shop making sawdust and cooking up new photographs, Bess is watching the comms, ready to answer all of your questions.

Along for the ride

Penny

Head of security and physical fitness

Diamante

Enthusiastic host and insistent product model

 
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Caution: Timewarp Ahead

 
 
 

Timewarp

A quick history of Jay’s family and their love of woodcraft and more… with an uncomfortalble dose of embarrassing teenage photographs.

Great-grandpa Jay in his Illinois shop, teaching a cat how to use a drill press.  This is the shop/mill where a lot of the black walnut that WHWS uses came from.

Great-grandpa Jay in his Illinois shop, teaching a cat how to use a drill press.

This is the shop/mill where a lot of the black walnut that WHWS uses came from.

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Jay’s first hammer… possibly his second.

Jay’s first hammer… possibly his second.

Jay’s dad, Ed, with the redwood canoe he made when he was 18 years old. Jay refinished this canoe, hauled it to Baltimore and still gets it in the water whenever possible.

Jay’s dad, Ed, with the redwood canoe he made when he was 18 years old. Jay refinished this canoe, hauled it to Baltimore and still gets it in the water whenever possible.

Jay replicated a fretwork shelf that his great-grandfather made and brought it to the MN 4-H championships. Peak levels of teenage awkwardness here.

Jay replicated a fretwork shelf that his great-grandfather made and brought it to the MN 4-H championships. Peak levels of teenage awkwardness here.

1997 - routing the pickup cavities for his first handmade guitar.

1997 - routing the pickup cavities for his first handmade guitar.

1997 - first handmade guitar about to get finished. I still have bits of that purple heart around.

1997 - first handmade guitar about to get finished. I still have bits of that purple heart around.

2000 - second handmade guitar. Maple, mahogany, and curly maple.

2000 - second handmade guitar. Maple, mahogany, and curly maple.

The 1958 Dodge truck while it was still in Illinois at Great-grandpa’s shop.

The 1958 Dodge truck while it was still in Illinois at Great-grandpa’s shop.

Time travel! The old Dodge back in Minnesota with Ed, Jay and Jax, and with a new shine in Baltimore.

Time travel! The old Dodge back in Minnesota with Ed, Jay and Jax, and with a new shine in Baltimore.

Still delivering art and wood projects from time to time.

Still delivering art and wood projects from time to time.