CHATHAM, NJ - Emily Walczyk was on a run about a month ago during bulk-pickup day in Chatham Borough when she noticed a nice piece of wood her neighbor had left out at the curb. She took it home and went to work.

"I sanded it down and stained it," Walczyk said. "It was in my garage for a week before I decided what to do with it. I figured it would be cool to have something to remind me of New Jersey when I went back to school."

That idea led to her new business "String States," which she featured at the Chatham Farmers' Market on Saturday. She creates the image of a state, such as New Jersey, with string held onto a piece of wood with nails.

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"String States are unique hand-crafted art that I make out of re-purposed and recycled material," Walczyk said. "I've always liked doing projects with my hands and working with wood. I'll do any custom order. They make great gifts."

Chatham entrepreneur Emily Walczyk explains her new business, which can be found at

A bio-engineering major at Lehigh University, Walczyk has a full-time internship in her field of study, in addition to her newly formed online business.

A 2015 graduate of Chatham High, Walczyk was a co-captain of the girls soccer team and a member of the varsity basketball team during her CHS tenure.