Hummingbird Orchard Custom Woodworking: Palisade resident repurposes wood, metal to create unique pieces |

Hummingbird Orchard Custom Woodworking: Palisade resident repurposes wood, metal to create unique pieces

Brittany Markert
Kerry King creates wood pieces of art, bowls and other items out of repurposed wood he finds throughout town.
Brittany Markert / | Free Press


WHAT: Downtown Grand Junction Farmers Market

WHEN: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Third through Seventh streets along Main Street, Downtown Grand Junction

COST: Free to attend


Kerry King, of Palisade, has always used his hands for jobs. Whether it’s maintenance work or driving trucks, he has had to use his hands. Kerry needed a hobby to fill up his time so he decided to buy a lathe four years ago and try woodturning.

Kerry is self-taught and has used wood he has found throughout Colorado’s Grand Valley to create bowls, picture frames, wine glasses and more. He creates pieces for his business, Hummingbird Orchard Custom Woodworking.

“It’s relaxing,” Kerry said. “I like to challenge myself the more I turn and do. I keep trying different things.”

He and his wife, Debbie, have lived in Palisade for a decade. They live on a small piece of property with dozens of apple and peach trees. When the apples aren’t killed off by the spring freezes, the couple, with the help of neighbors, make 100 gallons of cider they sell in the fall. The orchard also attracts hummingbirds by the dozen, which is where the name Hummingbird Orchard originated.

“We have so many hummingbirds here, we thought it would be a catchy name,” Debbie said.

Many of Kerry’s pieces are for sale during the farmers markets around town, including downtown Grand Junction’s on Thursdays. They also set up a booth at Palisade’s Sunday farmers market.

“This is to supplement my retirement,” Kerry said.

Popular pieces include salt and pepper shakers ($10), bowls ($20-50) and wine glasses.

“He has been repurposing since before it was popular,” Debbie joked.

When Kerry drives around town, he picks up any piece of wood he can find. He has repurposed wood from trees cut down around town, including some redwood from Colorado Mesa University.

“You never know what you are going to be making when you start,” he added.

Kerry does custom pieces as well by request.

“If you have an idea, we can talk and I can make about anything,” he said.

To learn more about Hummingbird Orchard Woodworking, find them on Facebook .

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