Legacy Woodworking: A Passion for Woodworking Passed Down Through A Generation

Feb 11, 2020 | Positively West Virginia, Retail

Keith Uphold was born and raised in Kingwood, West Virginia (Preston County) and still lives in Kingwood with his wife, Hope, where they own and operate Legacy Woodworking & CNC, LLC.

With over 20 years in the manufacturing industry, Uphold believes in the simplicity of hard work, integrity and honesty; that each one of us has a purpose and each one of us will leave a “Legacy”. It’s up to us as to what that “Legacy” will be.

Woodworking has been a passion for some time as Uphold loves to create and design and has grown that passion into a full-time business. Legacy specializes in custom, handcrafted goods as well as personalized projects produced utilizing a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine.

Uphold and his wife are active members of Anchor Church in Friendsville, Maryland where they serve as youth leaders. They have a strong desire to pour into the next generation.

Uphold was a guest on The Positively West Virginia Podcast. He talked with podcast host, Jim Matuga, about his growing business in Kingwood, West Virginia.

How did you get started in this industry?

“I have been in the manufacturing field for the majority of my adult life and worked my way from a supervisor to a manager position. I was plant manager in Kingwood and the company I was working for decided to move to another state. This was a hobby that my dad enjoyed, I learned a lot from my father when I was young about woodworking and it has always been a passion of mine to create. We decided at that point just to take that leap of faith,” said Uphold.

What is your 30-second pitch?legacy woodworking

“Everyone of our customers has a vision; we want to walk alongside you with that vision and we ultimately want to see that vision come to life in whatever that project is. It could be anything from a piece of furniture to a customized sign or as my wife likes to say these are forever gifts,” said Uphold.

What is the best thing about being in business in West Virginia, right now?

“The best thing about West Virginia has been the support that I have received from my customers because they have gone above and beyond. They have wanted to see us succeed and it has helped us tremendously to promote Legacy by sharing information to everyone about us,” said Uphold.

What is the biggest challenge you face right now?

“My biggest challenge is being so new, still getting that break with a large customer or order, and getting your name out there. We are still in that stage but again drawing and driving contacts, we are trying to get out there,” said Uphold.

What is the one thing you do every day that contributes to your success?

“Hard work, ultimately, but above and beyond that, my family has a strong faith, we pray for vision and wisdom every day,” said Uphold.

Uphold was a guest on the Positively West Virginia Podcast. Listen to his full podcast here.


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