Out of the Woodwork

Taking the job home

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:43

Jack Ivy is a sales manager for Cabot Stain Products in Toronto. For the last 30 years, he has owned an old hunting cabin on 63 acres adjacent to Algonquin Provincial Park in Madawaska, Ontario, about a 3-1/2 hour drive from Toronto. Three years ago, Ivy decided to demolish the cabin and begin a new project. He says it was time “to live and learn.”

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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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