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Destiny’s door

Monday, 17 May 2010 00:00

46_destinyAs the grandson of an Italian master furniture maker and instrument builder, the son of a talented furniture maker and the nephew of two other furniture makers, Michael Vascimini's career was never in doubt. Despite his father's advice that he stay away from the family business and repeated recommendations that he become a doctor or a lawyer, Michael knew before he was a teenager that he wanted to build furniture for a living.

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Brooklyn’s neighborhood shop

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 May 2010 00:00

34_brooklyn_1Working with wood is truly Marcy Pesner's passion. It's also nothing new for the owner of Beagle & Potts Woodworking in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Lumber is a labor of love

Monday, 17 May 2010 00:00

40_lumberYou hear this often from small- to medium-sized shop owners: "I realize I'm never going to get rich, but I love my work and am very passionate about it. There's nothing else I would rather be doing."

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His new call to duty

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 April 2010 00:00

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Studio furniture maker Andrew Pitts has planned a lifetime for what he's doing now. The sole owner of Andrew Pitts - Furniture Maker in Heathsville, Va., Pitts does it all from joinery to sanding to finishing and upholstery. He built his shop, mills his own lumber and does all of his own marketing and bookkeeping. What's most interesting is that Pitts is a retired captain in the U.S. Navy who yearned for this opportunity throughout his long career in the service.

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Polished and proven

Monday, 19 April 2010 00:00

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When a visitor opens the door to Village Woodworking in Sarasota, Fla., he enters a large showroom filled with 11 full-size kitchens. The majority of them feature frameless cabinetry with high-gloss finishes, stainless-steel appliances, and the latest in hardware, including push-to-open drawers and custom-fit storage options. Down a short hallway is the entrance to a 25,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility. For owner Kim Alvis, it is a far cry from how he started his woodworking career in the early 1970s.

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