By Ryan Cornell
While Bill Carper was raising antes at his weekly poker nights, he had no idea his chips were resting on what has now become his company's latest business venture.
Carper is the president and owner of Carpers Wood Creations, a Strasburg manufacturer of millwork, wooden furniture and hardware store displays since 1981. He said he had been hosting the poker games in his man cave for friends each Thursday when he decided to design and build his own poker table.
The gamble paid off and a new product line was born. The company sold its first poker table to a customer about two months ago.
Unlike the wood or vinyl used in traditional tables, Carper builds the table surround out of Corian, a solid surface material that's smoother and more durable. He said the playing surface is a Teflon-coated speed cloth, which is stain resistant and can easily withstand spilled drinks. The base of his tables are constructed out of solid cherry hardwood.
Because of the high-end materials and attention to detail, the tables retail for about $2,000.
Currently, his tables fit six, seven or eight players and are standard emerald green. Carper said they might expand their line depending on their reception in the competitive market.
"Time will tell," he said. "If this is successful, maybe we'll come up with more styles and table layouts."
For more information about the poker tables, visit their site at carperspokertables.com or call 540-465-2525.
Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or email@example.com