Woodies Restorations is owned by Paul Cundiff - a classic boat enthusiast who was bitten by the restoration bug about 30 years ago. It all started when Paul's daughter went boating with some folks in the neighborhood. She came home and told her dad (Paul) that she wanted to take her money, which was being saved for a horse, and buy a boat instead. Soon "Tara's Horse," a 28' Chris Craft Constellation, was purchased. It was all that the young family could afford.
Paul, an engineer, restored the boat and soon people were driving from miles away to see the varnish work on this cruiser. Soon thereafter, a small boat was "required" for skiing and pulling tubes behind. A 1960 Chris Craft Capri was purchased and renamed "Taylor's Pony." In 1994, "Taylor's Pony" earned Best Non-Professional Restorationat the Kirkland, Washington ACBS show.
Next, a 55' cruiser was added to the fleet and was relocated over 2,200 miles under its own power to Lake Cumberland. Soon after, Paul met Martenia, who came complete with a daughter and her 16' Thompson. A house was built overlooking Lake Cumberland in Jamestown, Kentucky, a house that has a 3,500 square foot boat shop under it, and a business was born. In 2008, the original shop having been outgrown, the operation was moved to a 10,000 square foot facility in Russell Springs, Kentucky. Since the founding of the company, many boats and engines have been restored for many satisfied customers bythe professionals at Woodies Restorations.
Brandon Withers– Marketing/Shipping
Brandon works for Woodies Restorations. His work includes managing and maintaining the companies website and social media pages. He oversees shipping for Woodies Restorations and quality control for Rayco.
He does everything from listing your boats for sale on our website to updating customer work pages and shipping parts and new fuel tanks to customers all over the world.
James Osborne - Contractor / Office Manager
James manages Woodies' accounts, including the billing, ordering, and shipping information for each project. He is also the salesman for Rayco, our fuel tank manufacturing division.
James joined the Army after school, where he gained experience in personnel record-keeping for several battalions. In 1986 he attended Moorehead State University where he majored in accounting. James has been a manager for many businesses, including Ace Hardware and Radio Shack.
Jim's work at Custom Canvas includes selling and marketing canvas and upholstery. He also orders materials for each project and always makes sure the projects run smoothly!
Jim's skills include building and/or fabricating bimini frames, installing canvas, and installing vinyl upholstery. Jim also has a bachelors in Human Services.
In his spare time he enjoys restoring his 1958 and 1959 Edsel
Several things set us apart from other restorers:
We are a consortium of contractors guided by one mission: to perform whatever work you need in one place at the highest quality and the best value possible. To do so we add and remove contractors as needed to match the skills of each contractor to the job at hand. EACH aspect of the work you need is done by a contractor skilled in that specialty. Engines, trailers, woodwork, electrical work, paint and varnish, upholstery, canvas, transportation -- whatever your needs we have a contractor who specializes in exactly what you need. NO aspect of any job is completed by anyone who is not specialized and committed to their portion of your project!
We update your very own web page weekly so that you can check on the progress of your restoration 24/7 from anywhere in the world that has Internet access! In times of a flurry of activity we may update daily!
Additional information for those who may want to review it:
A "woodie" is a wooden boat, usually from before the 1970's.
Paul Cundiff is the owner of Woodies Restorations (no apostrophe). Paul is NOT "Woodie."
Woodies Restorations is located at 653 Lakeway Drive in Russell Springs, Kentucky, 42642, in Russell County, just south of the Cumberland Parkway and near Lake Cumberland. The telephone number of the main office is (270)-866-2628.
Woodies has three additional divisions: Rayco (in Jamestown, KY), Fiberglassics Restorations (restorations of fiberglass boats or parts of boats), and Custom Canvas & Vinyl (also located at 653 Lakeway; managed by Jim Hall).
Lara Keith - Custom Canvas Contractor
Sewing and Fabrication
Lara's work at Custom Canvas includes measuring, patterning and sewing together bimini canvas, party tops, mooring covers, awning canvas, and custom enclosures.
Lara has 30 years of experience behind a sewing machine and an unbelievable work ethic.
Matt Ryan - Restoration Specialists
His dreams of the open ocean first landed him in the Pacific Islands as a commercial fisherman. Hundreds of miles from land, his passion was realized. He was meant to be on the water. After time spent on a research vessel navigating arctic waters, he decided to combine his passion for boating and woodworking by attending the North West School of Wooden Boat Building. Upon completion he spent time honing his skills in a traditional boat shop (Cunningham Ships Carpentry) in the heart of the Pacific Northwest under the mentorship of one of the most knowledgeable and experienced shipwrights in the United States Bob Cunningham. His love for the trade landed him in his home state of Kentucky on beautiful Lake Cumberland, where he is able to continue building and restoring custom wooden boats.
Christopher Browning - Restoration Specialists
Christopher has an Associates Degree Computer and Mechanical Engineering from Louisville Technical Institute.
He came to us with a vast knowledge of diesel mechanics and an impressive history of project management, which was exactly what we were looking for to finish an important project we were working on. Since being here he has really taken the reigns on this project and has even branched out and helped immensely on other projects.
Taylor Cundiff - Restoration Specialists
Taylor specializes in finish work but is in no way limited to only finish work. He has spent the greatest part of his life in the antique and classic wooden boat scene assisting his father, Paul Cundiff.
Taylor served eight years in the Army National Gaurd where he became the first Black Hawk Helicopter mechanic for Kentucky.
Taylor is also a trained collision repair specialist. He is also well versed in all aspects of antique and classic boat restoration.
Most recently Taylor added yet another feather to his hat when he received his Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captains Licence.