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– Woodies Restorations Contractor
Brandon works for Woodies Restorations. His work includes building and equipment maintenance. He oversees shipping for Woodies Restorations and quality control for Rayco.
Brandon is Hazmat certified. His abilities include electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and general mechanical skills.
He gets involved in organizing Woodies' equipment and general stock. In Brandon's spare time he enjoys playing music, and most of all he enjoys family time with his wife and three children.
John Weeks – Contractor / Restoration Specialist
John was born and raised in Southampton, England. His career in woodworking began in England while attending high school. John’s past careers include working for Ford Motor Company for over 30 years in the tool and die department.
John has many years of experience in woodworking and has designed his last two homes. During his off time he designs and constructs recreational rooms in local homes.
John and his wife, Sylvia, also teach ballroom dancing at no cost to our local community. John is a veteran of the Royal Air Force where he served as an operator of Air Radar Systems and as a Wireless Mechanic.
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.
Outside of work James enjoys hunting and fishing!
Cody Dix – Custom Canvas Contractor
Cody is a contractor for Custom Canvas. He has been sewing for at least fifteen years. He can sew just about anything that you put in front of him. He is very confident in his work. He likes to take nothing and turn it into something that both looks flawless and functions flawlessly!
He also makes pontoon covers, enclosures, rail canvas, and much more.
Cody is very artistic and in some of his spare time he enjoys drawing. He has also been doing tattoos for about the past five years.
Garrett is currently working on a Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Management at Lindsey Wilson College.
Garrett'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!
Garrett's skills include building and/or fabricating bimini frames, installing canvas, and installing vinyl upholstery.
In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors and going fishing!
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!
Josh is a contractor for Woodies Restorations who helps restore boats.
He earned an Associate's degree from Spencerian College. He is certified in three areas: blueprint-reading and design, board drafting, and computer-aided drafting. He does construction and remodeling on the side.
Josh is a family man. In his spare time he enjoys being with his wife and two children.
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 Garrett Bryant).