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Tall tales about tall trees

Written by John English Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

tree3There can be up to half a million board feet of lumber in a single mature giant redwood. It seems sacrilegious to think of these natural wonders in woodshop terms, but they did provide our ancestors with the lumber to build entire cities. And it’s impossible to stand among them, if you’re the kind of person who owns a table saw, and not think about the massive amount of rich, red heartwood.



Boom! The dangers of wood dust

Written by Christopher Hoffman Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

dust2Sam Tom was returning from a coffee break in January 2012 at the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, B.C. when he saw a flash.



On the home stretch

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 August 2013 00:00

homestretch1Established in 1987, Carter’s Cabinetry is a custom shop operating out of 13,000-sq.-ft. in Ormond Beach, Fla., that serves the residential and commercial markets throughout the Sunshine State. It’s staffed by 14 employees, a friendly group that includes a professional design staff, production and assembly team, and sales and office personnel.



Sharing in the success

Written by Lori Ferguson Monday, 19 August 2013 00:00

success1The phone is ringing as I walk through the door of the Fort Point Cabinetmakers studio on a recent weekday morning. Co-op member Alex Krutsky is closest to the portable handset, so he fields the call. At the other end of the line: a homeowner in search of a fine furniture maker who can create built-ins for a recently renovated kitchen. Krutsky gathers a few additional details from the caller, along with his contact information, then hangs up and walks over to discuss the inquiry with fellow co-op member Richard Oedel. Both specialize in creating one-of-a-kind pieces and quickly agree that the job is not a good fit for either of them. They discuss which group members might be interested in the commission, decide where to send the lead and then get back to work.



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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