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Texas twist of fate

Tuesday, 05 August 2008 20:52

El Dorado WoodworksThe thought of selling Arts and Crafts furniture at a Texas rodeo and livestock show definitely bucks the norm, but that is exactly how one Houston furniture maker got his foot in the door, developed a clientele, and created his successful business. Richard Loper, the owner of El Dorado Woodworks in Houston, has come a long way from a struggling career as a professional photographer to a nationally known maker of Arts and Crafts furniture. His two-man shop and showroom are a step back in time, filled with pieces originally designed by the likes of Greene & Greene, Gustav Stickley and Frank Lloyd Wright.

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An island all his own

Wednesday, 27 August 2008 16:43

1995, only three years after it was established, Mooney's Custom Woodworks of Amelia Island, Fla., grew rapidly. Three employees were suddenly five. Annual sales were increasing by $150,000 a year. By 1999, the company's ambitious owner, Bill Mooney, was building a new 9,500-sq.-ft. shop and showroom.

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A simple approach to drying lumber

Wednesday, 27 August 2008 16:22

This is the third and last installment of "Producing Your Own Lumber." Previous articles covered log procurement (June 2006) and the different strategies for sawing logs (October 2006). Both articles are available online at www.woodshopnews.com on the Archives page.

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Taking the Plunge

Monday, 04 February 2008 15:54

Dan Mosheim's woodworking career started out as many do — in a crowded garage. But the owner of Dorset Custom Furniture in Dorset, Vt., aggressively pursued his passion, and now owns a six-man shop complete with CNC capability.

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The latest in CAD/CAM software

Monday, 04 February 2008 16:05

Now it's easier than ever for small to medium-sized shops to incorporate design and manufacturing software into their businesses. Product manufacturers are taking into account that the largest segment of woodworking manufacturing is the smaller shop — ranging from one to nine employees — providing crafted residential kitchens, either direct to consumers through their own showroom or local designer in their region, says Andy Allu, sales manager for 20-20 Technologies, a division of software manufacturer Pattern Systems International.

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