How it all began
I began woodworking back in the late 70's after I met my future father-in-law. He built his own house, doing almost all of the construction and carpentry work himself while raising four children. He was a real inspiration to me.
Since I had just moved out on my own, I needed something to hold my new stereo system (like all young men in their late teens usually do).
After looking at several flake board cabinets, I asked Bud if I could use his table saw to build a nice combination stereo cabinet and bookcase. He allowed me access to his garage workshop, and I built one heck of a solid cabinet out of 5/4" clear pine. - I became hooked on woodworking for life!
Some of my woodworking projects include a complete remodel our first house, a handyman special built in the 1930's. I replace all all of the interior mill work with custom oak baseboard, window and door trim, a set of oak kitchen cabinets, an oak bathroom vanity and mirror, and an oak paneled linen closet.
Later I moved on to design and build two custom homes: the first having custom oak woodwork, an L-shaped oak staircase, a 16' long built-in entertainment center, and a basement work shop with a separate stairway from the garage.
Our second custom home featured glazed maple cabinets, and a custom maple office. Along the way I constructed numerous tables, desks, wall shelves, clocks, etc.
David N. Eich,
Eich = Oak Tree
Coincidentally, my last name Eich means "oak" or "oak tree" in German. So choosing Oaktree Woodworks for the name of this site seemed like a no brainer.
German: from Middle High German eich(e), hence a topographic name for someone who lived near an oak tree.
In some cases, it may be a habitational name for someone from any of several places named with this word, for example Eiche or Eichen, or for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of an oak.