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Mosheim has had to stop providing health insurance to his employees because it's too expensive. The people who have been with him the longest get two weeks' paid vacation, seven paid holidays and personal days. So, essentially he gives his employees 20 paid days off a year.

In the shop
The shop is well stocked with a Rockwell Unisaw, Powermatic 66 table saw, 25" wide belt and hollow chisel mortiser, SCMI 20" planer, 12" jointer and 24" band saw, Grizzly spindle sander, JDS Multirouter, Jet 16" band saw, Jet and Oneida dust collectors, Miller welders, Hypertherm plasma cutter, and Festool Domino.

Mosheim gets almost all of his wood from Irion Lumber in Wellsboro, Pa., and treats it as a valuable resource.

"I try to be as responsible as much as I can. I'm using more and more recycled lumber as people ask for that, which is kind of fun. We make a lot of our own veneers and some of our designs are puzzle-like veneers. We cut 1/8" veneers on the band saw, and then run them through the planer and the wide belt sander."

Mosheim works with one son, while another operates a nearby metal shop. They've started to collaborate on tables with wood tops and metal bases.
"I'm really happy with the kind of work that is coming in and the projects people are asking us to do," added Mosheim. "We often get people pushing us to do new stuff and those customers are really desirable.

"We're always on the lookout for new things to learn, new techniques, new design. It's really our goal, to have some fun and make a living." 

Contact: Dan Mosheim, Dorset Custom Furniture, 23 Goodwood Lane, Dorset, VT 05251. Tel: 802-867-5541. www.dorsetcustomfurniture.com