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Rising from the ashes

Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:29


Tom Burkhart operates his shop in an old-school way. For 31 years, he has operated a woodworking company in Louisville, Ky., and he's conducted business on his own terms. His shop does 100 percent custom work and Burkhart says it is more versatile than any shop of its size in the Louisville area. At The Burkhart Co., you won't find any CNC machinery or the use of any CAD programs. Burkhart sketches his designs, hands them to a draftsman and the plans eventually make their way to the shop floor. The process may seem slightly out of date, but it works. Frankly put, don't knock success.



Out in the great wide open

Thursday, 27 August 2009 11:56


David Nelson has a diverse résumé. He's been a school teacher in Vermont and Minnesota. He's restored and built houses and fixes cars in his spare time. But for the last 18 years, he and his wife Caroline have settled on building custom furniture and cabinetry in Florissant, Colo.



Never stop learning

Written by Jennifer Hicks Thursday, 27 August 2009 12:02


When it comes to professional woodworking, there are endless tools and tricks of the trade that can help in cutting corners. But what really makes a woodworker successful is the quality of his experience and the drive to continuously implement and improve on those skills.



Buying hardwoods

Written by Mario Rodriquez Thursday, 27 August 2009 12:40

32_hardwood_01Seeking, inspecting and buying the right lumber can be a tough task. Here's how to simplify the job



Man in the Middle

Wednesday, 29 July 2009 11:54


For 25 years, John Lesch has been the definition of perseverance. As the owner of a one-man furniture shop in St. Louis, he has seen the best of times and, yes, the worst of times. But due to his original designs, strong technique and numerous commissions from the Chicago market, he has managed to survive.



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