Out of the Woodwork

A wood cycle

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 February 2011 00:00

Renovo Hardwood Bicycles of Portland, Ore., offers a unique product that is slowly gaining popularity among consumers. Established in 2008, it is one of the few companies in the world that designs and manufactures custom bicycles made with lightweight wooden frames.



Minwax Project Planner

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 January 2011 00:00

56_oow_01As budget cuts make headlines, school boards and parents must continue to look for ways to offset dwindling resources and support popular programs that might be eliminated. Woodshop classes, where generations of students have learned a valuable skill, have been fighting for their place on the curriculum for years. Minwax, a manufacturer of stains and polyurethane, has been trying to help fill the funding gap.




Monday, 17 January 2011 00:00

56_oow_02On some weekend mornings, Scott Strobel can be found driving around the Yale University campus in New Haven, Conn., with his Stihl chainsaw in the back of his truck. When a historic tree at Yale is cut down, Strobel usually receives a call and cuts some chunks so he can turn them into bowls and pens. What started out as a hobby has turned into a small business called Yale Bowls, named in homage to Yale's historic football stadium.



Tiny tool maker

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 13 December 2010 00:00

56_oow_01Halfway around the world, there is an avid woodworking enthusiast spending much of his retirement creating miniature hand-tool models. His name is Merv Deith and he lives in the small town of Elimbah, which is approximately 30 miles north of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. His creations include 1:8 scale models of planes, chisels, saws, hammers, gauges, hand drills and more.



One million visitors

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 November 2010 00:00

64_woodmobile_01The Pennsylvania WoodMobile, a sustainable wood products classroom on wheels, welcomed its millionth visitor in August thanks to a group of 40 students from the Solid Foundation Education Association of Port Matilda, Pa.



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