BREWER – A YouTube video is what started a passion in Brewer woodworker Bruce Graybill.
“I was holding my daughter and that guy from YouTube, from Russia, popped up on my feed just randomly and he was making cutting boards and I’m like ‘Oh that looks cool,'” said Bruce Graybill, the owner and operator of Sider’s Woodcrafting.
Since watching that video almost five years ago, Graybill has been collecting wood from all around the world making about 18,000 cutting boards a year of his own.
“Birds eye maple, there’s padauk, bubinga,” he said as he explained the different types of wood he uses.
On Saturday, Graybill went about his normal night routine.
“I had come home, gotten my furnace started and went in to have supper and play with my kids for a little bit,” Graybill said.
That was until he noticed his camper, where he worked, was on fire.
“Once that kind of realization settles in you’re not going to be able to save it you just … Your gut drops and Bruce was so devastated. He was so devastated,” said his wife Mary Graybill.
Brewer and Eddington firefighters responded to the fire. Bruce Graybill said he lost $20,000 worth of merchandise and his tools. However, some of the wood in a separate shed was saved.
Both Bruce and Mary Graybill agree a big help during this time is the people from the community and around the world.
Among those offering support was the YouTuber from Russia who started it all for Graybill, bringing his woodworking career full circle.
“I was telling my wife I felt like I don’t deserve it,” Bruce Graybill said.
“I have complete strangers that are just contacting me that they’re like ‘Hey we don’t know you but we want to do anything we can do to help you,'” he said.