Lou has enjoyed using his broad wordworking skills to make clock mechanisms – entirely from wood! The picture to the right is a great example of his fine handiwork.
John Herrel used the precision skills he has developed over many years to create this beautiful inlaid wood bowl for the 2011 “Big Hearts for Empty Houses” silent auction.
Mike Quinn, Lou Gatch, David Chenault and nearly 20 others began volunteering in late 2010 at the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio to help build much needed dressers for families in the Columbus are that are living on less than $10,000 per year. They invested many hours to study the dresser design, refine it, and create an assembly process that would produce the dressers in volume on a weekly basis, all with volunteers. While the operation was entirely WOCO volunteers at the outset, a number of other volunteers from the central Ohio area have joined in the fun and special work.
Today, there is a group of 8-10 volunteers, led by Lou Gatch, that work for nearly 6 hours every Tuesday, and a similar group, led by Mike Quinn, that work for nearly 6 hours every Wednesday. In early October 2011, the teams completed their 500th dresser, to the delight and appreciation of the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio. “These talented and generous people are putting so much heart into their volunteering, and families among us living in poverty will be forever grateful”, said Jim Stein, president of the Furniture Bank.