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Through the roof

Written by John English Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

insurance1For many small woodshops, insurance costs as much as the rent — and sometimes more. There is such a thing as being overinsured, but the worst effect of that is just a higher premium. Being underinsured, on the other hand, can be absolutely disastrous.

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Dollars and sense

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

dollars1Sam and Polly Epstein founded Daniel Island Woodworks in Charleston, S.C., in 2005 after creating a successful birdhouse-making business. The shop specializes in custom cabinetry for the commercial market with an annual gross of $1.2 million and operates out of a 12,000-sq.-ft. facility just a short drive from the touristy part of the quaint Southern city.

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Time is on your side

Written by Christopher Hoffman Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

time1A few years ago, Stephen Kearns’ employees would spend half a day setting up a shaper and then manually cutting and shaping a run of boards.

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A connection to their creations

Written by Lori Ferguson Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

connection1The transition between external and internal environments is startling. From the outside, the business looks like a factory — a 130,000 sq.-ft. industrial building in the shadow of a massive wind turbine just off a busy thoroughfare in Newburyport, Mass.

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Coming of age

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

comingofage1When Andrew Marques purchased Cove Woodworking of Gloucester, Mass., in May, he made a bold decision to reestablish a failing business in a down economy. Hope and perseverance are the words he uses to express to his peers that he is committed to making the business succeed. The goal is to reconnect with former customers and exceed their expectations on new commissions. So far, things are moving in the right direction.

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