Out of the Woodwork

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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49 down, 1 to go

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00

oow1In 2011, Robert Wendt began creating custom personalized cutting and serving boards as a hobby. The business took off so quickly that he was able to quit his day job as a maintenance mechanic and go full time. To date, he has fabricated and sold nearly 3,000 cutting boards, with shapes of states being his most popular design.

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CMA’s Diamond Awards

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 20 May 2013 00:00

oow1The Cabinet Makers Association is accepting entries for its 2013 CMA Wood Diamond Awards Program. Open to all current members of the CMA, regardless of shop size, the program offers participating companies the chance for a credential that can boost their local reputation.

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