Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Hitchcock is born again

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 13 February 2012 00:00

30_feature_1Even though the doors closed twice on the Hitchcock Chair Co. in its nearly two centuries of operation, new owners Rick Swenson and Gary Hath are excited about its future. Following their purchase of the company name, which had remained dormant since its second closing in 2006, the owners hosted a grand-reopening celebration last fall and received a wealth of publicity from the company’s revival.

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Comfort zone

Written by John English Monday, 13 February 2012 00:00

35_featureThe setup of a workshop has a big impact on the quality and quantity of the work produced in it. Everything that goes into making a shop easy to operate is covered by a branch of behavioral science called ergonomics, which OSHA defines as “the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population.” The goal of ergonomics in a professional woodshop is high productivity, avoidance of illness and injury risks and increased worker satisfaction.

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An entirely new tilt

Written by Charlie Self Monday, 13 February 2012 00:00

40_featureWoodworkers around the country have felt the pinch of the current and long-lasting economic downturn. Michael Maxwell, a native of Bedford, Va., has been a high-end furniture maker for a long time now, but he’s had to make some changes to stay ahead of the slower sales pace. Fortunately, he’s had a good fallback position, based on one of his many hobbies.

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Inspiration is all around them

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 January 2012 00:00

35_features_1Scott and Stephanie Shangraw are a husband-and-wife woodworking team. They create handcrafted custom furniture, as well as carved vessels and other sculptures for high-end clients throughout the country.

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Rising in Phoenix

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 January 2012 00:00

26_feature_1Handcrafted Cabinet and Furniture Co. is a custom woodworking operation based in Phoenix that was started in 1984 by Steve Mosley. With the help of eight employees, the shop designs and produces freestanding furniture, doors, millwork, residential and commercial cabinetry and more.

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