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Northern exposure

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 14:35

Furniture craftsman Kevin Rodel of Brunswick, Maine, goes beyond the basic elements of design with his Arts and Crafts-style tables, desks, bookcases and chairs. Rodel, who has 30 years of experience designing and building furniture, started working for Thomas Moser, then went his own way in the mid-1980s, building a loyal clientele. He has further established himself in the fields of interior design and consultation, and also keeps busy writing and teaching.

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Woodworking in paradise

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 16:26

There is something magical about the island of Maui. But to pinpoint exactly what that magic is? Well, that’s pretty much an impossible task. Maybe it’s a state of mind, a feeling one experiences by being surrounded by the constant beauty of white sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, tropical forests, colorful flowers and the omnipresent Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano.

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Renewal in retirement

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 20:03

Lee Johnson retired about 10 years ago from his position as a lobbyist — he prefers the term “liaison” — in the energy field. He worked for more than 20 years in Seattle, did a stint in Washington D.C., and finished up in Portland, Ore. Once retired, he grabbed his passion for building furniture and forged ahead on his new career. But at the same time, he looked back — way back. Johnson enjoys building “adaptations” of period furniture. Yes, he does some 18th century American pieces, but he prefers furniture designs that span several centuries before that with origins primarily in Europe.

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Clear the decks

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 19:57

Space, space, space. That’s the small shop owner’s comeback to the real estate motto, “Location, location, location.”

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A world of wonders

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 19:48

The multifaceted Paul Schürch, owner of Schürch Woodwork in Santa Barbara, Calif., has an impressive repertoire of more than 250 unique pieces influenced by classical styles, sometimes with a twist. And Schürch is as dynamic as his work. With more than 30 years of woodworking and other diverse trade experiences, he draws upon this knowledge to create unique limited-edition and one-of-a-kind pieces. He speaks several languages, travels often, and continues to network with other masters, craftsmen and students around the world.

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