Out of the Woodwork

Fairway to hallway

Tuesday, 30 September 2008 19:33

Lee Huss, an urban forester in Bloomington, Ind., says he works in a city that is tree crazy. In 1985, Bloomington earned the state’s first Tree City USA designation, which it has maintained for 23 years. Huss and his department are responsible for maintaining about 18,000 street trees and thousands more in the city parks.

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Fan carving

Tuesday, 30 September 2008 19:30

Fan Carver’s World was established in 2002 by husband-and-wife team Sally and David Nye of Fennville, Mich. The two artisans are woodcarvers as well as historians, who first discovered the art of fan carving at a woodcarving show in the late ’90s, and are now in the business of selling related artwork, books, tools and wood to promote this seemingly lost art to an international market.

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Engineering intricacy

Wednesday, 06 August 2008 15:38

Gregg Palm of Wolverine Lake, Mich., has an eye for design and a fascination with infinite pattern combinations.

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Chain saw King

Wednesday, 06 August 2008 15:33

When Bob King of Redmond, Wash., was part of a large layoff at Boeing in 1998, he had no idea his hobby of chain-saw carving would transform into a full-time job.

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Canoe furniture

Thursday, 28 August 2008 10:38

Along with its wide selection of hand-crafted wooden canoes, American Traders of Brattleboro, Vt., also offers canoe-themed furniture, as in canoe bookcases, canoe coffee tables and more. The canoe business started out in 1980, while the furniture part was launched around 1990. The latter now accounts for about 40 percent of the company's sales.

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