Charlie Blake was not only a farmer and grist miller on his Clover Fork farm but was also a wood worker and master craftsman. Charlie was the son of William L. and Janie Blake, grandson of Stuart J. Blake and Lucinda (Posey) Blake, and great grandson of pioneers John B. and Abbey (Crysemore) Blake who came to the Clover Fork area from Greenbrier County in the early 1800s.
To the left is Charlie with is wife Daisy (Heater) Blake.
Shown to the right is a rocking chair fashioned by Charlie Blake which was purchased by Coleman Jeffries in the early 1940s. Nearly seventy years old the rocker is still sturdy with the original split bottom and back intact and joints still tight.
Rosemary (Riffle) Crutchfield of Burnsville, granddaughter of Charlie and Daisy Blake, tells us that she used to go on the hill with her grandfather in search of the hickory saplings to make the splits used in constructing chair bottoms and backs. Her grandfather told Rosemary that the saplings had to have just the "right juice" to make good splits. Obviously he chose the right splits in making the rocker shown.
Charlie also made musical instruments. Charlie played a "little" on his fiddle and on a banjo which he also made which is in possession of other family members.