Out of the Woodwork

Wooden specs

Monday, 17 May 2010 00:00

54_oow_2AltCraft is a special section at the American Craft Council shows where selected artists are invited to display work that illustrates innovative techniques and materials of new handmade crafts. The AltCraft section at the ACC Baltimore show in late February showcased about 20 artists.



Grant makes big community impact

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 May 2010 00:00

54_oow_1The Florence Elks Lodge No. 1020 in Florence, S.C., was recently awarded a $10,000 Impact Grant by the Elks National Foundation. The money will be used to support an afterschool woodworking program called "Building a Better Future."



The clock maker

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 April 2010 00:00

064_oow_1The gears are always turning in Gary Johnson's shop. A woodworker from Coarsegold, Calif., Johnson specializes in creating handmade custom wood clocks. Born and raised in the Mojave Desert, Johnson developed a fascination at an early age with figuring out how things worked. He started Custom Wood Clocks about 10 years ago as a retiree and continues to work in his home-based shop every day.



Sitting pretty

Monday, 19 April 2010 00:00

064_oow_3Tom and Pam Elson make custom signs, custom bar stools with artwork, and own a craft store that represents about 80 crafters in Warsaw, Mo.



Beauty is not a factor

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 22 February 2010 21:04

64_cnc_gantryRarely do people get the chance to win a contest for an unappealing entry, but the Ugly Door and Ugly Window contest is an exception. Sponsored by Wooden Window, a door and window manufacturer in Oakland, Calif., the contest is designed to create awareness about the craft of wooden doors and windows, and recognize people who care about certain structures and the woodcraft behind them, according to company spokesman Todd Kerr.



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