Americanpresstravelnews-May 26th, from Joel Lucks, Tenn. Backroads- Dan Demay (Trousdale County, TN): Songwriter/Musician, Furniture Maker, Turkey Call Maker and Fireman. Creativity displays itself in different ways. Some call it talent. Some may even think of it as a form of genius. Arguably, though, we homo sapiens are quite inventive; some more than others, and each in different ways. But when someone distinguishes himself as Dan Demay does, it’s a genuine pleasure to say he’s my friend and to share with my readers his talents.
I met Dan several years ago at the Wilson County fair. He had a booth there and was showcasing his turkey box calls and mouth calls. We got to talking and sharing stories about hunting and fishing and became fast and good friends. Since learning, too, that Dan is a furniture maker of extraordinary talent I commissioned him to build a number of pieces of furniture for our home. In fact, he is slowly replacing all our conventional furniture with a Tennessean country style of furniture of his own. He claims he is self-taught and that’s where the genius aspect of his style and craftsmanship comes in; it’s very unique. Dan can create from memory nearly anything he sees and adds an element of elegance that any homeowner would be proud to have in their home.
Dan is also associated with a saw mill in Baxter, TN, and to listen to Dan speak about the diversity of trees in Tennessee, you begin learn about hardwoods, softwoods and which woods are best for tables, furniture and why. Dan’s connection with Mother Nature and the woods he lives in is amazing; hence, the sometime reference to being a “wood whisperer.” He’s knowledgeable and experienced, and to listen to him you quickly learn he is a Master of the “wood.” For information about his furniture or turkey calls contact him through his current website, www.makemholler.com. Happy travels from the back roads of Tennessee – Joel Lucks