Out of the Woodwork

A musical occasion

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:42

David Sheppard, founder of Heirloom Musical Creations in Dripping Springs, Texas, designs and builds exquisite music boxes with a focus on sound quality, custom engraving and glass etching. Sheppard says a visit to an Amish gift shop influenced him in 2006 to turn his woodworking hobby into a family business.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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