My name is Josh Weltman. I bring a lifetime of experience and love for woodworking and history to my company, Historic Woodworks LLC. I personally design, oversee and work on every project. I actively seek out the finest reclaimed lumber available and strive to build networks with other reliable, conscientious, like-minded individuals around the country. If you call, I am the one who will answer the phone. As an environmentally aware woodworker I have found using reclaimed lumber to be the only choice. Reverence for wood, history and the planet are my underlying values by which I run my business day to day. This includes recycling wood as locally as possible, minimizing shipping, contributing to local causes in the community as well as promoting sustainable awareness and minimizing waste at every step. I have extensively researched and documented local history in Jackson Hole and Teton Valley over the last fifteen years. I have published numerous articles and contributed to hands-on historic preservation efforts. I am honored to leave a positive imprint locally in the Tetons and beyond.
When I was a little kid I used to love going on drives through the country and looking at and taking pictures of barns. I always loved the feeling of space and history of walking into a barn. Craftsmen, timber framers etc. were godlike magicians. For a while, even in college, I thought I would go into historic perservation. Over time I learned that most of the structures don’t fall into the realm of possibility of being ‘preserved’ in the traditional sense. My whole life I was always a woodworker. I took to it young and learned quickly. When I learned woodworking skills it almost felt like I knew the stuff before but just needed to be reminded. And it’s the one area where I never forget what I learn. It’s also the only thing I’m anal retentive about. It took a while to put my two passions for history and woodworking together. Now it’s too late to stop. I’m hopelessly addicted to the hunt, the history, the wood and the industry. – Josh Weltman