Out of the Woodwork

Craftsman helps veterans

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 20:18

Sears recently joined forces with the nonprofit organization Helmets to Hardhats by making the Craftsman brand of tools more affordable for members of the U.S. military transitioning into civilian life through various professional trades.



Magnificent Daniella

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 20:16

This story of a “carpenter and his bike” began with an e-mail in Portuguese, followed by another in English from a carpenter in Portugal who built a wooden motorbike he named after his daughter, Daniella.



Presidential order

Monday, 09 March 2009 17:27

Vanguard Furniture in Conover, N.C., is celebrating its 40th anniversary in the custom furniture business this year. The company has about 400 workers in its 500,000-sq.-ft. operation, and custom-builds every piece of furniture. After work Jan. 12, the company received an unusual rush order that it had only two days to fulfill.



Luxury play homes

Monday, 09 March 2009 17:26

When Stephen Chernicky of Finleyville, Pa., went looking for a high-quality playhouse for his daughter in the early 1990s, he couldn’t find one that would complement his backyard, so he built one himself — a Victorian-style mansion. After that, he built his nephews a firehouse. Word spread fast, and soon Chernicky had so many requests that he sold his construction business and established Lilliput Play Homes in 1995.



On a small scale

Written by Jennifer Hicks Thursday, 05 February 2009 15:58

Bill Studebaker of Round Hill, Va., custom designs and crafts scale houses and miniature furniture accessories, and also specializes in the restoration and repair of the items. The owner of Studebaker Miniatures emphasizes that, although his work is lighter and takes up less space than full-scale items, he still puts in a considerable amount of work.



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