Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Carving a labor of love

Wednesday, 22 October 2008 00:00

Mary May has acquired a worldly education in her field of expertise and is now settled in the southeastern coastal town of Johns Island, S.C., where she runs Charleston Wood and Stone Carving from her home. With patience and diligence, she brings out the beauty in a vast array of wood species and stone types through carving commissions for private individuals and other artists such as furniture makers and builders.



Visions drive passionate work

Friday, 03 October 2008 20:43

Henry Fox has an uncanny ability to visualize designs in his head that most people, including many furniture makers, simply are incapable of doing. If there was such a thing as a sixth sense — visualization — the owner of Fox Brothers Furniture Studio in Newburyport, Mass., would certainly qualify as possessing it.



Focusing on the future

Tuesday, 30 September 2008 14:39

One large area of the woodworking business that often goes unrecognized, but is crucial to custom millwork, cabinet and furniture shops, is the wood components industry. Outsourcing, the practice of purchasing parts or finished products from outside companies, is a common way of doing business for small custom shops. Participating shops that do their homework are able to obtain a quality product while saving machinery and labor costs.



Early risk reaps rewards

Tuesday, 30 September 2008 14:25

Loren Swanberg, president of Hayes Cabinets Inc. in Woodland, Wash., is a firm believer in shop efficiency and maintaining a smooth work flow. It has motivated him to equip his 50,000-sq.-ft. facility with the latest in CNC machinery in a continuing effort to streamline his custom production processes and mirror the successes of European-style manufacturers.



Jazzed about his job

Wednesday, 03 September 2008 09:02

imageOnce a pianist, New Orleans furniture maker and restorer now works to a different tune in his tiny shop. Dan Alleger's life was all set; he was destined to be a professional musician. After years of study at Boston's Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory, his future had jazz pianist written all over it. But as happens with so many people in life, things didn't work out as originally planned and he eventually found himself in the Big Easy, building custom furniture and doing restoration work, much of it in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.



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