Talent: a special natural ability or aptitude.
Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment was founded in 1945 by C.V Tarter. C.V was a very talented man. He moved his family to Dunnville, KY and began manufacturing wooden gates. Using only hand tools, the Tarter’s made 32 wooden gates a week.
Talent is still present in the company today. Tarter employees musicians, artists, athletes, and more. Each are dedicated to their job and passionate about their talent.
Sam has been a member of the Tarter Proud Team since 2012. He started helping a family friend build cabinets 21 years ago and never stopped. We met up with Sam and talked about his pastime.
How many hours a week do you spend in your shop?
I spend most of the time in my shop during the summer. It is usually an average of 20-30 hours depending on orders.
What is your favorite thing to make?
Wooden flags. Each flag a customer has me to make has a story behind it. So the flag itself is not what makes them my favorite. The stories these flags tell is where it is at. I have made a lot for the veterans in this county and seeing their reaction to them is the best feeling ever.
Is there anything you hate making?
Cabinets are something I don’t enjoy, even though that is what lead me into woodworking.
What inspired you to begin woodworking?
I have always been a man to stay busy. It keeps me out of trouble and keeps me at home. The skill was passed on to me by my stepdad who is my biggest inspiration. I would like to pass all my tools and skills on to my son, but my main reasoning behind it is to give the customers something they have had a part in designing and that is handmade and not cut on the machine. I also do this at a fraction of the cost because I want my customer to enjoy their purchase. When purchashing from me, you design it. You tell me what you want and I’ll make it exactly like that. I make it happen, my work is your visual.