WoodwardWoodworks
114 Woodward Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
734 218-5803
alan@woodwardwoodworks.com
@2021
 alan young
Woodward Woodworks 
Custom Fine Furniture by Alan Young
WoodwardWoodworks
114 Woodward Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
734 218-5803
alan@woodwardwoodworks.com
@2017 alan young


The Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary will use the Torah Scroll for teaching purposes in Hebrew language courses in addition to being on permanent display in the William Perkins Library.
The provenance is mid-19th century Romania.
Fabrication process photos can be seen  here .
 This scroll has been deemed pasul or disqualified for use in a synagogue.  Factors may include small blemishes, tears, loosening seams, textual errors, letters touching, incorrect shapes of letters and most often fading or flaking ink. These rules carefully protect the reading of the text against any corruption.
Left to Right:
Esther Engelsma 
Chris Hanna, Director of Marketing and Development at PRTS
Dr. Joel Beeke, PRTS President
Giselle Huang, Chinese translator and PRTS bookstore
Laura Ladwig, William Perkins Library Director
Alan Young, Furniture maker
Kim Dykema, William Perkins Library Assistant
Dr. Michael Barrett, Academic Dean and Professor of OldTestament, PRTS
Mr. Henk Kleyn, Chief Operating Officer, PRTS
Left to Right:
​Kim Dykema, William Perkins Library Assistant
Alan Young, Furniture maker
Laura Ladwig, William Perkins Library Director
This was a long term project that began when I was contacted by the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary who told me of their desire to have a piece of furniture built to hold this Torah Scroll. The design for this case on stand came about after many discussions with ​Kim Dykema and Laura Ladwig, from the William Perkins Library, and Archeologist, Dr. Scott Carroll. 
 This case on stand now resides in the William Perkins Library. The scroll sits in side a removable case. The case is made from Walnut veneer. The base is made from Mahogany with brass detailing.
 In this photo I am showing the back side of one of the plates.
 In this photo the moveable plates are shown in the "closed" position before the scroll is placed on the rollers.
 Here I am placing the scroll on the rollers.
 In this photo the plates are pulled to the open position which allows four columns of text to be read.
The plates need to be in the closed position for the case top to be set in place. My good friend John Hilligonds  helped me deliver the piece and is shown here as we place the case top over the scroll and the base.
Here are more photos taken the day of the delivery.
If you have comments or questions send them here .
Dr. Scott Carroll is an Ancient Historian and one of the foremost experts on how the Bible has been written, translated and transmitted over thousands of years. He gives seminars and lectures for colleges, universities and churches on the history of the Bible, bringing along with him many ancient artifacts, scrolls and historic Bibles from an extraordinary collection that he oversees. Having been a professor at Cornerstone University in Michigan, he now serves as executive director of a non-profit. His time is occupied writing, lecturing and leading seminars, and overseeing the study of biblical manuscripts. directs a traveling exhibit on the Bible which has been to numerous countries and domestic locations and has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors.
 The top of the base is designed to allow the scroll to be viewed and rolled with the case on or off. The scroll sits on rollers that are fastened to two movable plates.