• Brooklyn resident enjoys making unique wood creations as a hobby
By J.O. PARKER
Brooklyn resident Reggie Rea knows how to inspire young people to do their best in the classroom and on the wresting mat.
What you might not know about Rea, a BGM fourth grade teacher, co-head varsity wresting and junior high football coach, is he’s also quite artistic and creative in his home woodshop.
Rea makes unique birdhouses, cabinets, decorative storage bins, decorative benches and other items, all from barn boards, old barn windows, pallets, tin pieces and old license plates.
“I really enjoy making the items,” said Rea, who has his house decorated with many of his creations. “I get ideas from craft books and try to put my own spin on it. I try to come up with new ideas.”
Rea, a native of Waukon, didn’t get interested in making the creations until he was in college in the late 1990s.
“I started doing it as a hobby and it grew from there,” he said.
He sells some of his creations, saying that the small benches are probably the most popular.
“People approach me about the little benches for wedding gifts,” Rea said.
He also donates them to local fund-raisers and makes the items for family and friends.
Rea said one of his prize creations is a cabinet he made with an old barn window and some wood he found in the attic of his Brooklyn home. Rea uses the cabinet to display his shot glass collection.
Due to teaching and coaching commitments, Rea said he doesn’t have much time to work in the wood shop during the winter months. He said it’s more of a seasonal hobby.
“It’s something I can take my time doing,” he said. “I like seeing the items when they are finished.”
Rea has been teaching at BGM for 11 years. He also taught one year at Waukon. He is a 1999 graduate of Upper Iowa University.
For more information about Rea and his creations, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org