Grant Tissue can do many things.
Testimony to that fact is his home at 414 Dark Hollow Road off Route 40 near Youghiogheny Lake and Ohiopyle PA.
Having spent most of his life on the property, Tissue has built, with some help from family members, a house, a 40-foot-long custom covered bridge over a trout stream at the back of his house called Hall Run, a three-car detached garage, and an addition to a 1939 barn.
Tissue explains that every piece of wood used in construction came from the surrounding forest, proud of the fact that he handled “every piece of it at least 21 times, from the sawmill to finish. I cut it all and let it air dry before using it.
“I skidded all the lumber out with horses,” he said.
In addition, the house testifies to his talent for woodworking. Oak and cherry wood paneling cover some of the walls in each room. He installed the stone and cherry wood paneling in the living room in a diagonal pattern; oak paneling in the kitchen in a half-diagonal, half-horizontal pattern; more oak panels in a bedroom in a two-dimensional step pattern; and yet more oak in a bedroom in a vertical pattern, making sure to plug all the nail holes with tiny wooden plugs.
“I made all the accessories as well,” he said, including curtain rods, switch covers, toilet paper holders, doors, molding and a bed.
There are two baths, one of which he finished in marble encircling the tub, in addition to three bedrooms.
His memories of living in the mountains are many. “Back then, you scratched a living out of the farm. I remember when they flooded the lake and covered over the town of Somerfield. Jockey Hollow (across Route 40 from Dark Hollow Road) was where they would switch horse teams on the old National Pike. The boys would jockey the horses around to get them hitched up. I think they even had a racetrack there.
“I always loved it here. I loved the country, even better than on the farm,” he said.
But when he reached 18, he left to work as a maintenance manager for a trucking company in Dravosburg.
A genuine mountain paradise, the home is nestled between two well-forested hills with an expanse of golf-course-like grass around the house, shrubbery and other landscaping.
The Tissue’s home includes an extra large three-car garage, two covered porches, an extra lot for a camper and the custom covered arched bridge. It is a mile-and-a-half off Route 40, making it just minutes from boating, fishing, bike riding, hiking trails, hunting and other outdoor activities. There are spacious closets in each room and a linen closet at the end of the hallway. There also is a full basement where the mechanicals are kept.
Tissue heated his home with wood but there is an oil hot water heating system. Lot size is 17-plus acres.
For more information, contact Ron Lovelace at RE/MAX Professionals in Uniontown at 724-366-7428 or 724-425-5444; by email at RonLovelace@me.com; or visit his website at www.RonLovelace.com.