Fulton man's lifetime hobby furnishes home

Hugh Staats of Fulton built this roll-top desk for his son, Arnie, this winter. Furniture making has been a lifelong hobby for Staats, who built many of the pieces in his home.

Hugh Staats of Fulton built this roll-top desk for his son, Arnie, this winter. Furniture making has been a lifelong hobby for Staats, who built many of the pieces in his home. Photo by Katherine Cummins.

Even if he had not built the house himself, nearly every room of Hugh Staats’ home bears testament to his skill with wood.

There are the cabinets, table and chairs in the kitchen, the cedar chest and the china cabinet in the dining area, the entertainment center in the living room, the gun case in the front room and the master bedroom suite — including the bedstead, headboard and dresser with mirror — and the gliding cradle he made for his granddaughter Amanda 32 years ago that has been passed around the family ever since.

After a lifetime of building furniture, Hugh’s wife, Shirley Staats, said the 82-year-old Harbison-Walker retiree still prefers to spend much of his time out in his workshop.

“He’s out there almost every day from 7 in the morning to 7 at night,” she said.

As Hugh Staats explained, “I just like being out here and knowing I can do something if I want to.”

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