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Exhibit revives vintage barbershop

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Tim Woodruff (left) and David Patch set up the barbershop at the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society museum in Hilliard.
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David Patch's grandfather once operated a barbershop on Rings Road in the village of Amlin, between Hilliard and Dublin.

For the past 50 years, mirrors, chairs and other implements from the shop sat in storage.

Now, they are back where they belong thanks to Patch and Tim Woodruff.

Patch and Woodruff, a Hilliard resident and vice president of the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society, set up a vintage barbershop display last month at the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society museum on Norwich Street in Hilliard.

Woodruff spent more than 100 hours restoring a barbershop chair and other items to display at the museum, which is open from 1 to 4 p.m. each Sunday until Labor Day and by appointment by calling 614-876-8550.

Patch, who owns Sage Property Management, said he is pleased the antiques are on display at the historical society.

He donated the chair, mirrors and other barbershop equipment, as well as a 1929 Model A Ford that belonged to his grandfather, Ray Patch. The Hilliard-Ray Patch Family YMCA on Cosgray Road still bears his name.

Patch does not know the precise dates, but Ray Patch operated the Rings Road barbershop in the 1920s and '30s, he said.

He said his grandfather then closed the barbershop and pool hall to open a grocery store in Amlin, and the equipment was stored in the basement of his parents' house.

In the early 1980s, Patch purchased the Amlin property that had been his grandfather's barbershop, but used the unimproved structure for storage, including the implements from the shop.

"It was just sitting there and beginning to deteriorate, and I mentioned it to (Woodruff and historical society President Randy Smith)," Patch said.

He already had donated the restored 1929 Ford to the historical society, but invited Woodruff and Smith to Amlin to view the goods.

An agreement was reached that if Woodruff restored the barbershop equipment, Patch would donate it as a permanent exhibit at the historical society's museum.

Woodruff installed three chairs and the "back bar," an 8-foot mirrored wall with shelves, at the museum.

Many of the display's antique bottles, combs and straight razors are on loan from the National Barber Museum operated by the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society.

"Those fill in some of the things we didn't have and give it an authentic look," Woodruff said.

Woodruff researched the chair he restored and discovered that Koken Barbers manufactured it in 1901.

Woodruff stripped and stained the back bar to restore it, but he mirrors have small imperfections from water damage to their silver backing.

The barbershop also has a children's chair, which is rare, Woodruff said.

kcorvo@thisweeknews.com

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