Out of the Woodwork

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.



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.



Another piece of the puzzle

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

oow1Roger Beck has been the owner of Front Door Custom Woodworking, a custom cabinet shop in Eugene, Ore. for more than 35 years. He recently embarked on a new creative project, making lamps out of hundreds of puzzle-like wooden pieces to resemble a lace pattern.



Restoring a species helps students, too

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

oow1The Lumber to Legacy program in Albany, Ore., raises money to support the city’s white oak restoration efforts by having fallen or downed trees manufactured into auction items.



Tools for the long haul

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

oow1In November, Vortex Tool Co., a manufacturer of router and insert cutting tools for the woodworking industry, donated a supply of tooling to the McGill Baja Racing team of McGill University in Montreal.



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