Sweet Homemade Alabama: Give him a challenge, Alexandria woodworker will hammer it out
by Katie Turpen
Special to The Star
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Matthew Cromer of Cromer’s Creations sells his woodwork projects at Oxford’s Dowtown after Sundown. Photo: Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star
Matthew Cromer of Cromer’s Creations sells his woodwork projects at Oxford’s Dowtown after Sundown. Photo: Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star
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Matthew Cromer is always hunting for the next cool craft. And he’s not ashamed to browse the female-dominated online world of crafters and do-it-your-selfers to find ideas for a new woodworking project.

“I’m probably the only man out there that loves getting on Pinterest,” Cromer said.

Cromer’s Creations is a collection of woodworking projects that Cromer builds in a little shop behind his Alexandria home. He displays his items for sale — cooler stands, picture frames, coffee tables, porch swings and other unique items — on Cromer’s Creations’ Facebook page.

“I started out making just porch swings,” said Cromer. “Then that spread by word of mouth. Now I make all kinds of furniture, crafts and things for kids and things like that.”

Cromer sells his creations at craft shows in the Piedmont area and also at Ruby Jean’s consignment shop in Oxford. He can also be found under his red tent at Downtown After Sundown in Oxford every Thursday. The event offers everything from fresh produce to live music to wares handcrafted by local artists. But Cromer says his items are one of a kind.

“Right now, I’m the only woodworker there,” he said.

Some of Cromer’s more unique creations include a wooden coffin he built as a Halloween prop and a large round barrel used as a potato planter. He enjoys taking special orders from customers who, for the most part, he said, come from the Anniston and Oxford area.

Cromer said he loves taking on a project that requires him to think outside the box — particularly those that don’t seem possible at first.

“I enjoy it when somebody gives me a picture of something they want and I have to figure it out,” said Cromer.

It’s a challenge, of course, “because I don’t have standard measurements. I just have a picture,” he said. “But I enjoy it.”
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