“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost
I’m Zach Leick, the owner and founder of The Wooden Road Home. The story of The Wooden Road Home starts before I was born, with the carpentry family heritage dating back to the 1960’s. It all started with my grandfather, John Leick, a carpenter building homes with his brother Eddie. My father Roger Leick, spent several years learning the craft from my grandfather and uncle. Roger eventually stepped away from carpentry for a 40 year career at ExxonMobil as an engineer. It was during this time that I was born. During my youth, my father began to teach me the craft. In my early thirties, I truly begin to commit to carpentry full time, and fully recognized I was using my gifts.
The Wooden Road Home is the result of my life’s journey. Early in my career I worked various jobs, including valuable time as a builder in home construction. However, my life significantly changed due to the decisions I was making. Without the support of my wife Melissa and my parents Roger and Becky, I would not be the man I am today. My foundation in life is family. Their help was crucial on my road to recovery, which I started in 2014. A year later, I was focused on how to do work with my hands, and to create on a platform that represented my life story. Through prayer and a search for God’s will for my life, I decided to take a leap of faith by starting the business. I eventually convinced my father to take on a second career to reboot the Leick carpentry family heritage under the name The Wooden Road Home.
My life has been blessed since founding The Wooden Road Home. I not only get to do the work that I love, but get to do it with my father, who I love dearly and learn from daily. Building, refinishing and repurposing pieces has always felt natural to me. I have always found beauty in wood, from which to create. I consider each piece to be a representation of my life’s journey, both from my past, as well as my future. It is a road less traveled…made up of wood, pain, tears and most importantly redemption. It is that road that has brought me home. I invite you to join me on my journey as I tell my redemption story through each piece I create. This is…The Wooden Road Home.*