"I have cut people's hair for 50 years, four generations I've cut.
"I work Wednesday through Saturday, 8 to 5 Wednesday through Friday and 8 until 3 on Saturday. Wednesday is probably the busiest day. Sometimes it's Saturday, but Saturday isn't the barbering day it used to be. Used to be everybody got a haircut on Saturday. They're using their Saturdays for other things now.
"I'm gonna have to retire, but I don't know what I'm going to do. I enjoy my work now. If I didn't, I would have quit a long time ago. I got people who expect me to be here.
"People come in and there will be five people here, and they know they will be there two hours, but they will stay. They like to talk. Barbershop talk. I hear a lot of stuff. Politics, everything. I get complaints I talk too much. People tell stuff to a barber they wouldn't tell anyone else.
"I get people from all over, Kanawha City, Culloden, Buffalo, Sissonville. A guy moved to Culloden who used to live here. He comes back for me to cut his hair. So yep, Boggs Barber Shop. It's known around.
"My haircuts are cheap, $9. I was going to raise it a few years ago, but my wife said no. She said times are too hard to raise it. I will go a day and never cut a $9 haircut, if you know what I mean. I get a few $20 haircuts.
"Most young barbers wear anything now. I always wear my smock.
"When Charlotte Pritt was running for governor, she stopped in my barbershop to campaign. I cut her nephew's hair when he was in Poca.
"I was supposed to go yesterday to cut a man's hair. I do that for my good customers. I went to Poca about three weeks ago. This guy, I'd been cutting his year for years and years. I cut his hair right before he died.
"I've given a lot of first haircuts. I've been in quite a few pictures. Every first haircut is free. The kids cry and carry on. I can't take it like I used to. My ears. Too old. And the way they move. I can't keep up with them.
"I let a man sleep in here for six years. He had no place to stay. He died right here. Had a heart attack. He only had one leg. I had a sleeping bag for him. And I bought his supper every night.
"I've got three kids, two girls and a boy. I've had a real good life. I tell people in the barbershop that I didn't realize it then, but I grew up in paradise. In Ivydale, I had the river to swim in, and the creek. I had possums and skunk to hunt at night, and squirrels and rabbits. It was a good place to grow up.
"I've got a place up in Ivydale, and I go up there and fish every now and then. Other than that, I never really had hobbies. That's one reason I stayed barbering.
"I was a country boy, and I will die a country boy. I don't want to go to any other state. You couldn't give me a place in Florida.
"I've never flown in an airplane, and I don't have a hankering to do it. I will leave this old world without flying. My wife has been to Argentina, New Zealand, everywhere, and I never went anywhere. My dad only flew one time in his life. I like West Virginia."Reach Sandy Wells at san...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5173.