Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

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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Always an eye on the future

Written by Ann Goebel Monday, 15 November 2010 00:00

40_alwaysaneye_01In 2008, just as the recession took a hammer to the economy, Northside Cabinets Inc. was in the midst of a 13,000-sq.-ft. expansion and acquisition of state-of-the-art CNC equipment. Unlike many rivals, the Hillsborough, N.C., company didn't head south with the downturn, but prevailed thanks to a set of long-standing business principles including a conservative financial plan, a satisfied customer base and a healthy backlog of jobs.

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Vertical advantage

Monday, 15 November 2010 00:00

45_verticaladvantage_01For shops that cut a lot of sheet goods, a panel saw is a necessity. The vertical panel saw has become a popular choice since it takes up minimal floor space and has ergonomic loading advantages.

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A life-changing calculation

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 November 2010 00:00

35_calculation_01Southern California native W. Patrick Edwards chose woodworking over a career as a nuclear physicist. He was building rocket guidance systems one day and felt he was forced to make a decision. His passion for antiques, marquetry and working with hand tools won out.

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A blast from the past

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 October 2010 00:00

35_beech_coverBeech River Mill is anything but your run-of-the-mill woodworking shop. This family-run business produces custom louvered and paneled products such as doors, shutters and blinds for clients throughout the country. The unique 2,500-sq.-ft. shop is part of a quaint historic mill building in Center Ossipee, N.H., a truly quintessential New England town.

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