The Passion Behind Greenwich Wood Products
Owner Michael Hendershot has long been fascinated with trees, agriculture, woodworking, lumber and how it all works together. From early years of childhood he has been involved in many facets of farm work and maintained that interest through his university years into present day. He has taught classes at local high schools on topics ranging from sustainable food systems to landscape creations. In the mid 2000's he became particularly interested in Western Canada's renewable forestry programs. In doing so, Michael invested his time and energy into learning about the intersection of agriculture, forestry, woodworking and the industrial arts. He gained a more comprehensive understanding of the varied primary resources that trees provide so wonderfully and how they integrate into our daily lives. One of Michael's medium term goals is to start a nursery in which appropriate local species are planted and cared for so that the next generations can enjoy his efforts and work.
Michael and Greenwich Wood Products has also served agricultural interests and farms throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and other areas of New England. Helping to create agricultural implementations on farms, backyard garden spaces, while providing sawdust, shavings and other valuable materials (like fencing) to those with various farm animals and planting fruit trees all fall under the breadth of work that Michael and Greenwich Wood Products have been involved in.
It is important to Michael and GWP that much of their work supports the agricultural sector in our region because it is incredibly important facet of our lives while also a fleeting interest for so many. One of Michael's favorite quotes that helped to shape his view on his business and his life was by one of our most brilliant founding fathers.
"There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first by war....This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherin man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtous industry."
- Benjamin Franklin