• P.O. Box 1133 Wayne, WV 25570
  • 304-501-4755
  • P.O. Box 1133 Wayne, WV 25570
  • 304-501-4755

The Big Ugly Woodshop by Coalfield Development provides creative hands on job training opportunities and nurtures personal development using our signature 33-6-3 model as members craft bee boxes, birdhouses and much more.

The Place where handmade woodcrafts are truly a big deal!

The Big Ugly Woodshop is located in the Big Ugly Community Center, a former elementary school building where an organization called Step by Step administers a variety of important programs related to education, health and nutrition, child safety, and community development. The community center is situated along Big Ugly Creek—a scenic, peaceful stretch of Lincoln County, West Virginia about an hour’s drive from the county seat. The wood shop was formed after the Big Ugly Community Center and Step by Step entered into a collaborative partnership with Coalfield Development.
The Big Ugly Woodshop provides job training and nurtures personal development using Coalfield Development’s signature 33-6-3 model. Crew members work in the wood shop for 33 hours a week, attend community college for 6 hours a week, and spend 3 hours each week engaged in personal development activities involving themes ranging from financial planning to health and wellness. The 33-6-3 model enables crew members to gain vital on-the-job training while earning a livable wage and completing an Associate’s Degree in about two years.
While teaching crew members woodworking skills, the Big Ugly Woodshop produces a conservation line consisting of bee boxes, bat boxes, and a variety of birdhouses. Our product line will soon expand to include items such as compost bins, raised beds, and garden stakes. These types of wood products are a perfect fit for the Big Ugly Community Center’s beautiful country setting, greenhouse, and community garden programs, as well as for Coalfield Development, with its emphasis on environmental stewardship.
Coalfield Development also places a heavy emphasis on the values of Gumption, Grit, and Grace. Nowhere are these values more evident than at the Big Ugly Woodshop, where our crew chief and crew members regularly overcome tremendous obstacles in order to thrive as woodworkers, scholars, community role models, and valued members of the Coalfield Development team. These inspired, resilient women and men have chosen to face big challenges head-on, reframing problems as opportunities and transforming hardship into beauty.

Contact Big Ugly Woodshop

The Big Ugly Woodshop provides creative hands on job training opportunities and nurtures personal development. We are also always eager to hear from former coal workers who are interested in playing a role in the restoration economy. Contact us today!

take me home.

The limited-edition, “Take Me Home Box” embraces your love for West Virginia by offering a customized, location specific graphic t-shirt along with a wall mountable keepsake.