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Cider Press

Out of the Woodwork -- Oregon's 'Cider Bob'

Woodshop News article, January 2007

Robert Correll took over Correll Cider Presses in 1975 when his father passed away. The Elmira, Ore.-business was relatively new (his dad had built 22 presses before he died). But a lot has happened in the last 31 years. Correll has made more than 3,000 presses and has maintained a backlog since 1992. He says he doesn't just make apple presses, he makes memories.

"I work alone and I'm booked well into next year, and I've never had a return," said Correll. "If you take care of it, it will last longer than you will."

Forbes magazine did an article on Correll in 2005 and a wire service story was picked up by dozens of newspapers in October 2006.

"Last year I made 107 presses but I still had 100 on the books," he said. "It's becoming more and more popular and everyone wants one. I'm 75 and that's why I took on a craftsman about a month ago and he is just catching on beautifully. Since the article first came out in the Register Guard [Eugene, Ore.] newspaper on Oct. 29, I've gotten 40 press orders on top of what I already had."

Except for the stainless steel knives, the Correll cider presses are all made of ash. The wood is strong, straight-grained and has good bending properties; all important ingredients for a cider press. Through the years he has fine-tuned his building process.

"If I had to make one, it takes about 24 hours, but I work them up into groups of 10 to 12 and that way it reduces the hours per press because you don't have to make as many machine changes. I make five sizes in two different models. They're pretty much the same except when using ash - the natural ash - there are color streaks in it so no two presses are going to look identical. I have a nameplate lasered in at a trophy store in town."

Most of his customers are homeowners, but he has also sold presses to schools, Granges, neighborhood groups and a local community college.

The question had to be asked: is 'Cider Bob' contemplating retirement?

"Oh no, that word doesn't even exist in my vocabulary," he said. "Why should I retire when I'm doing something I love? This is the fire in my belly. This is what motivates me and this is what gives my life purpose."

Contact: Correll Cider Presses, P.O. Box 400, Elmira, Oregon 97437. Tel: 541-935-3500.
- Brian Caldwell, Woodshop News

CIDER PRESS LLC dba Correll Cider Presses
Mailing address: P.O. Box 400, Elmira, Oregon 97437
Physical address: 25865 Hwy. 126 #A109, Veneta, OR 97487
Phone: (541) 935-3500
Email: ciderdan@correllciderpresses.com

Cider press manufacturing by Robert V. Correll and Dan Correll

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