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Full steam ahead

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 January 2011 00:00

30_full_steam_02The economic stability Oceanic Ventures has maintained in its 27 years in business is admirable and something the Lewes, Del.-based custom cabinet shop takes pride in. With a good balance of employees and equipment, combined with a well-developed and loyal following of clients, even the Great Recession didn't adversely affect the company's annual gross income of $1 million.

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Keeping it all in the family

Monday, 17 January 2011 00:00

43_keeping_family_01For Russell Hudson, life doesn't get much better than getting out of bed in the morning, having breakfast in the custom kitchen he built, walking through a room filled with furniture he made and then down a flight of stairs to his shop, Hudson Cabinetmaking, in Carmel, N.Y. Once there, he enters an entirely different world to do what he loves - creating custom designs and assisting his two sons with the woodworking process.

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Smaller, better, cheaper

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 13 December 2010 00:00

34_smaller_better The fact that new woodworking products are being designed based on portability and convenience is not just a trend anymore - it's a way of life. Just like smart phones are being introduced to consumers at a rapid pace for business and personal use, the power tool industry is revolutionizing itself as well. People want to be mobile.

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Landing in a good place

Monday, 13 December 2010 00:00

41_scholz_03When Stephan Scholz began a three-year apprenticeship at the age of 16 with a master craftsman in Germany, the farthest thing from his mind was that some day he would own a shop on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. But that is exactly what happened. For the last 24 years, the custom woodworker has been building high-end furniture, cabinetry, pagodas and even a house or two in Coral Bay, St. John. His repertoire of talents also includes being an accomplished shipwright.

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Survival of the fittest

Monday, 13 December 2010 00:00

31_kentGregory St. John attended the Cleveland School of Art to be a painter or perhaps a sculptor - at least that was the plan. Instead, St. John became a woodworker and, more than 30 years later, is the proud owner of St. John's Bridge, a five-man shop in Kent, Conn.

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