Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Leaving nothing to waste

Written by Clayton Petree Monday, 13 June 2011 00:00

40_featureFormer aerospace contractor Rob Durfos picked up a chainsaw eight years ago and began to experiment with ways to make use of discarded wood. At the time, Durfos says, he had no idea his 20-acre ranch near the summit of Tule Peak in Southern California would one day be seen by many as one of the most efficient, environmentally significant wood-processing facilities in the West.

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Smarter solutions

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 May 2011 00:00

40_smartersolutions_01Software programs for the woodworking industry have developed significantly through the years to produce better solutions for shops of all sizes. And shops are relying on these innovations more than ever to keep ahead of the competition.

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Shooting to be a star

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 May 2011 00:00

30_leadphoto_01While many people only dream of turning their hobby into a profession, Kevin Mack, the owner of Kevin Mack Fine Furniture in Malden, Mass., has made it a reality. After working as a carpenter for more than two decades, the maker of unique, heirloom-quality studio furniture managed to put himself on the map as a furniture maker in only five years.

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Lasers can change the landscape

Written by John English Monday, 18 April 2011 00:00

36_featureA laser engraver in the woodshop is both a creative and a productive tool. With it, a shop can produce original art or duplicate something of a commercial nature. The learning curve is such that an imaginative employee with good intuitive skills can very quickly master both processes.

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A link to the past

Written by John English Monday, 18 April 2011 00:00

42_featureTen miles north of Mitchell, S.D., a ring-necked pheasant crosses the gravel between snowy ditches. Beyond her is a wide lot surrounded by barns, sheds, a couple of newer metal buildings and, to the south, a handful of lonely cottonwoods hugging a draw. This is "Dances with Wolves" country. Wide open, endless sky. The only sound is wind.

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