Vicky and Stan Cook pose with “shop supervisor” Riley Grace on the back porch of the “fishing shack” they are building in Marlinton. Fishing and camping may have been the initial draw, but it was Pocahontas County’s artistic community that sealed the deal when it came to choosing a location for their home away from home. L.D. Bennett photo

Laura Dean Bennett
Staff Writer

Stan and Vicky Cook are partners in life – having been married since 2001; partners in business – he’s the artist and she keeps his business running; and they’re currently partners in their second house building project.

The Cooks are building a vacation home here in Marlinton.

And when I say they are building it, I mean they are literally building it themselves.

The couple is from Mason, near Point Pleasant in Mason County.

Stan is an artist who specializes in elegant wood turning and innovative etching into wood, granite and plexiglass.

Stan’s work can be seen at the 4th Avenue Gallery in Marlinton and at the Leatherbark Gallery in Cass.

Stan said it was the trout and the great camping that first drew him to Pocahontas County.

He’s an avid fisherman and has been coming to Williams River to fish for…

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