Out of the Woodwork

A shop that’s gone to the dogs

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 August 2015 00:00

oow1See Spot sleep in his custom bed. See Spot eat at his mahogany feeder. See Spot banished to his raised-panel crate.

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A ‘sustainable’ water bottle

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 20 July 2015 00:00

oow1The man behind the launch of a new reusable bamboo-paneled bottle that filters water with coconut shells wants to make a difference helping people all over the planet. His name is Ben Kander, the founder of startup company Welly LLC, which introduced the Welly Bottle on the Kickstarter crowd-funding online network in May.

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From Festo to Festool

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 June 2015 00:00

festool1At the Festool administrative offices in Wendlingen, Germany, tucked away in an outbuilding is the company museum that celebrates 90 years of tool innovation.

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Reeling in a big fish

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 May 2015 00:00

oow1Last year, woodworker Al Swanson of Helena, Mont., decided to build a prototype of a wooden fly box, pairing fine woods with precise craftsmanship. Once he and an employee figured they had the perfect box, he shipped it to Orvis, the largest fly angling retailer in the world.

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Deck builder wins ‘Wood, Naturally’ contest

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

oowJoel Harper, owner of Leisure Time Decks in Lilburn, Ga., won a nationwide contest for his company’s use of softwood lumber in March. The contest, “Wood, Naturally Build and Design Sweepstakes,” is funded by the Softwood Lumber Board and invites contractors from across the U.S. to submit their outdoor living and interior design projects using materials categorized as softwood lumber. This year’s prize was a 2015 Ford F150 pickup truck.

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