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A monument to carving excellence

Written by John English Monday, 19 August 2013 00:00

carving1It’s not native, but there’s a whole lot of basswood in Custer, S.D. Tilia americana is a favorite of carvers because of its low density and lack of defined grain. Dale Schaffer knows a thing or two about it — and about carvers, too. His business, the National Museum of Woodcarving, owes its existence to two carvers. The first was a retired chiropractor from Denver and the second was his dad. The chiropractor, Dr. Harley Niblack (1894-1966), created most of the original work in the museum and Dale’s dad then saved that collection intact and built the facility to house it.

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Charleston charm

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

charleston1Hostetler Custom Cabinetry is a small business in Charleston, S.C., that has been serving the needs of homeowners for more than 30 years.

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Perfect strangers

Written by John English Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

strangers1Find your niche. That’s the mantra to which every business aspires. And a couple of woodworkers out West seem to have done just that. Bill Pridgeon and Denny Zimmerman only met each other in April, but they have been doing remarkably similar work on opposite sides of a state line for about seven years.

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More for your money

Written by John English Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

money1A few decades ago, financing equipment was pretty simple. Call the banker and then place the order. But in the early 1980s, the auto industry began leasing fleets of cars to rental companies on a large scale and leasing soon became a viable option for everything from table saws to household furniture.

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Balancing act

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00

balancing1With a mix of vintage machines and dedicated setups, New England Joinery Works in Essex, Conn., can quickly produce custom millwork, doors, windows, flooring and more in its spacious 12,000-sq.ft. shop. Curved millwork is the shop’s specialty, which is often made from PVC products.

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