Mid-Missouri Woman Carves A Part Of Missouri History

7 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Friday, December 31 2010 Dec 31, 2010 Friday, December 31, 2010 7:44:03 PM CST December 31, 2010 in News
FULTON - Many of us in our lifetime are told at one point or another to find our dream job. In the case of Carolyn Linton that job is building furniture. "Since I was a little girl I always enjoyed building things," Linton said. Out in the middle of her large property, Linton chips and saws, and sands away with such skill you can feel her connection with the wood.

Linton worked as both a teacher and a contractor before deciding to follow her passion for building full-time about 15 years back. Over the years she's slowly built and sold many of these unique, handcrafted pieces to customers all across the country.

But it's more than just the handcrafted nature of the pieces that sets them apart from your regular Ikea furniture. Every single one of Linton's pieces is made with wood from and old Missouri barn or home, dating back at least one hundred years.

Each piece is one-of-a-kind and comes with a personalized emblem that shows the barn in its original state, along with the year that it was first built.

What may seem as a strange hobby, makes more sense when you know the story behind it.

"I grew up on a farm in northern Missouri," Linton said. "I remember being in this barn with my father, and looking up at all the timbers and knee braces and thinking, 'wouldn't this be fun to turn into a house,'" Linton recalls.

That same barn is now the place she uses to build and display her work.

"It's almost like coming to a museum," says customer Keija Parssinen. "You can really spend some time looking at each piece and going from work to work," Parssinen said.

Linton's furniture has attracted business from such places as, Texas, Ohio, Florida, and of course, even here within Missouri.

"I think people like taking a bit of Missouri with them," Linton said.

For some it may be the connection to Missouri, while for others it's the quality of the work.

"There's an artistry to the work," says Parssinen.

But for Linton it's just her way of giving new life to these once old structures.

"This is my way of letting the barns live on," Linton said.

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