Out of the Woodwork

Bowls with meaning

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

oow1When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When a wildfire destroys your forest, Marco Cecala turns ashes into artwork.

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The master of turned hats

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

oowAward-winning Kentucky artisan Chris Ramsay produces one-of-a-kind turned wooden bowls and other sculptures, but is most known for his turned hats. He has made more than 6,000 of them since he started turning about 20 years ago.

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Ohio program helps artists thrive

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

oow1As many who’ve aspired to earn a living as a woodworker or other type of artist know, the rewards of expressing their creativity and having it appreciated by others can be the ultimate reward. But the price of pursuing a dream career can be high, especially with the costs of supplies, travel, housing and studio space. That’s where the new Artists in Residence program, based in Cleveland, comes into play. Launched in August, this program aims to help prospective artists and musicians live affordably while growing their business.

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A captive audience

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

oow1New Hampshire furniture artisan Brian Reid of Rockland, Maine, recently launched a new fine-woodworking program at the state prison in Warren, Maine.

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Backyard mahogany jungle

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

oow1Michael Tisdale lives on a five-acre property in South Florida where he maintains his own self-cultivated Cuban mahogany grove in his backyard. He planted them as seeds about 20 years ago and is now telling others to visit his impressive forest on Google Earth at his address at 25100 Southwest 207 Ave., in Homestead, Fla. There are currently about 400 healthy trees to view on satellite imagery.

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