Out of the Woodwork

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.



CNC reaches junior high

Monday, 22 February 2010 21:03

Colina Middle School in Thousand Oaks, Calif., is one of the few middle schools in the country that provides students with the opportunity to design and build complex objects using CNC machinery.



Bird mansions

Written by Jennifer Hicks Tuesday, 26 January 2010 13:52

64_bird_mansionsJohn Looser, of Belgrave, Ontario, worked as a successful home builder for two decades until he injured himself on the job nine years ago. After being told he was not able to work anymore, he started building birdhouses as a hobby, which soon became a way to earn a living. Looser now owns and operates Extreme Birdhouse, known throughout the world to offer an assortment of custom and prebuilt eclectic birdhouses that are, well, extreme.



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