AMORY – Among a number of positive local attributes the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce promotes, the conference table in the board room of its Amory office is an example of local craftsmanship. Smithville resident and Amory High School graduate Noah Swan’s woodworking talents are evident in a custom-made 10-by-7-foot table he built last fall on evenings and weekends while pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University.
Swan began doing woodwork close to three years ago as a hobby and found it to be a natural fit for his talents and interests.
“The conference table is the central meeting point in our office. Everything from community round table discussions to prospective industry meetings happen in that space. Noah came to mind to create a product for us we could not find. We love supporting local, and Noah’s unique handiwork at such a young age is a young talent story in itself,” said Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chelsea Baulch.
Baulch and the chamber’s community development director Kelly Martin saw pictures of Swan’s work on social media after first hearing of him by word of mouth.
“Kelly knew there was a young student at Amory that was doing woodwork. After Noah met with us, we made a few family connections,” Baulch said.
Swan calls the job “one for the books.”
“It was a long time in the making,” he said.
The top was made from Brazilian cherry wood planks joined with glue and 370 biscuit joints. The glossy top was accomplished with five coats of polyurethane varnish and many hours of sanding. The bottom is a custom steel base made of 3-by-3 tubing by Swan’s father.
“It’s safe to say that this was a 700-plus-pound build. It took five men to bring the tabletop into the room. There was only an inch and a half to spare as the top was carefully angled through the doorways,” Swan said.