Acadiana craftsman ‘Nonc’ turns Louisiana wooden into hand-crafted presents, artwork

SUNSET — Every bit of wooden in Adam Doucet’s store has a narrative. There’s the spalted oak recovered from a ditch in Arnaudville, the sinker cypress dug up from alongside the Atchafalaya Basin and New Orleans sycamore felled by Hurricane Ida.

“Sycamore is a dream to show,” Doucet stated. “You be taught as you go. I attempt to all the time know precisely what species I am working with.”

Someday figuring out the species is like fixing a thriller, matching traits he is aware of to new items he is discovered.

Doucet, 36, has items of no less than 20 totally different species of wooden readily available, about 9 of that are native to Louisiana — his specialty.

He makes use of a lathe to show blocks of wooden into bowls, pens, instruments, knife handles and extra, which he sells on-line by an Etsy retailer referred to as Nonc’s Store. The identify comes from his nickname, which is a Cajun French title used to discuss with an uncle.

‘I get misplaced within the work’

He does all of the wood-work on weekends. In the course of the week he is a full-time French trainer at Paul Breaux Center College.

“As a trainer, it is a little bit an excessive amount of on the finish of the day,” Doucet stated.

So come Saturday and Sunday, he places on music, generally lights incense and will get to work within the store behind his dwelling in Sundown.

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