There is a story behind everything and everyone, for Junior History major Andrew Ellzey, that idea is no different.
Ellzey, a 22 year-old Southeastern Louisiana University student, lives in the quaint East Side Apartments which once served as Hammond High School.
“I never pay my rent on time,” said Ellzey half-way joking, but sort of being honest.
The small, studio apartment which Ellzey lives comfortably in is adorned with hand-carved wood furniture, Black Sabbath records and found treasures that any antique shop would covet.
And though Ellzey is a college student simply trying to earn a degree, much like his collection of found objects, there is a story behind the student.
As a self-taught craftsman, Ellzey juggles his time between being a part-time student and a part-time woodworker at the Woodwright Shop in downtown Covington, La. For the past two years, Ellzey has been working on a project for the owners of Bougle Oil.
The multi-million dollar project consists of handcrafted windows, doors, shutters and flooring for a home that is roughly 30,000 square feet which sits on six acres of land in the rural-area of Covington.
“Working for the Bougle’s really puts into perspective what money can get you these days,” said Ellzey.
Besides craftsmanship, Ellzey is a fictional play writer, a hobby driven by storytelling.
Though a writer, with quite the collection of books on anything ranging from World War II to Roald Dahl fictional stories, Ellzey says he does not like to call himself a “writer,” mainly because it sounds “pretentious.”
Just a year ago, Ellzey went as far to try and have one of his stories turned into a play at the university, thought it never became a reality because of “issues in the theatre department,” according to Ellzey.
As a collector, the quirky craftsman and play writer tells a story behind a 19th Century sea chest which now holds his quilts, typewriters and ashtrays. Ellzey said he took the chest from a house which an elderly woman once lived in, but has since been repossessed by a local bank.
“I decided to go into the house through the window and take a bunch of things because it shouldn’t be the banks,” said Ellzey. “I took it feeling okay about it because I knew she only took things out of the house that she could carry and I knew she couldn’t carry it, so the bank would have taken it.”
The historic sea chest coincidentally ties right back into the kinds of ideas Ellzey says he thinks about: Memories related to jobs, projects and objects that do not inherently match up.
“It can be disturbing that everyday things can bring you memories that shouldn’t have any correlation; it’s almost unfair,” said Ellzey while writing thoughts in a notepad. “And in all actuality, they don’t have any correlation with each other, they just happen to be thought almost together so they seem simultaneous.”
For the stories which have yet to be turned into memories, Ellzey says somewhat sarcastically he does not know “what lies next.”
Nonetheless, the stories may all be written and documented by now, but Ellzey will surely be around to uncover any plot twists which happen upon his way.