My Story

I think it was inevitable that I became a woodworker and a furniture maker. The smell of sawdust and shellac still brings back memories of working in my Dad's basement shop when I was so small I had to stand on a stool to use the tools. Being a furniture maker is a part of who I am, and I think that is why this is more than just a business to me. I love what I do and hopefully that comes across in the furniture we make. 2016 is a year of transition for me. I'm retiring from full time furniture making to pursue more artistic projects and some custom work. I hope you'll take a moment to browse through my site, and don't hesitate get in touch via my contact page.

As I move towards retirement, I find that I need to acknowledge those that have been with me for so many years and who I hope will be coworkers (though on maybe a somewhat more limited basis) for many more years to come. 

Vester Walsh has been with me since 1988. I have seen him grow from a teenager to a husband and a father of three, and now even a grandfather. He has also grown to be an accomplished furniture maker. Vester’s specialties are bookcases, tables, beds, and chairs. Vester has been a trusted and faithful worker, and I couldn’t have kept this business running all these years without him.

At work in my Lincoln County, West Virginia shop. Photo: Charleston Gazette-Mail.

At work in my Lincoln County, West Virginia shop. Photo: Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Eddie Austin is the third woodworking member of Probst Furniture Makers. Eddie started working for me in 2000 while he was still in high school. Except for a two-year stint where he worked for me part time while pursuing a degree in furniture making from the University of Rio Grande, where he graduated first in his class, was an integral part of this business until he decided to start his own business a couple of years ago.  Eddie is also my son in law and is married to my daughter Emma. Eddie will be taking over the present Probst Furniture Makers facility, and it will then become EA Woodworks. 
The last, and certainly not least, member of Probst Furniture Makers is my wife, Glenda. Besides putting up with being the wife of an artist-craftsman for all these years now, Glenda is also my accountant and advisor. There are just so many ways I couldn’t get by without her.