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Jim Schenfield Donates His Work To Habitat Restore


May 2, 2019

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Jim Schenfield displays his wooden toys.

Jim Schenfield is locally known in the Transylvania Habitat for Humanity ReStore as the "clock repairman" but he has other skills. Schenfield is the creator of detailed wooden toy cars and trucks, which he donates to the ReStore and several other locations in town for resale.

Schenfield is a Dayton, Ohio, native who served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. He started as a mechanic and advanced to a flight engineer and retired with the rank of master sergeant. His plane was the 4-engine, triple tailed, Constellation, which was a beautiful and complex airplane.

After retirement from the Air Force, Schenfield got a flight instructor license and taught flying for 15 years.

Being a mechanical guy and a tinkerer and to fill a local need, he took classes to learn clock making and repair and ran his own clock repair shop for several years. As some wooden clock cabinets needed repair, he started another business and opened a cabinet shop.

He and his wife retired to Brevard on the advice of some South Carolina friends about 10 years ago. They had a house built close to Brevard and to keep busy, Schenfield started volunteering with Transylvania Habitat. He worked in the construction ministry for a time and then began volunteering at the ReStore. His skills at clock repair have been very valuable as many non-working clocks simply had to be thrown away before he came along.

Using his woodworking skills, Jim makes beautiful, detailed wooded toy cars and trucks. He donates these beautiful toys all around Brevard at places like The Haven and SAFE, as well as to Transylvania Habitat.


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