Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Easier than ever

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00

34_featureCurrent trends in CNC-based design software reflect the fact that woodworkers, many of whom were once reluctant to implement design technology into their drafting departments, are now more comfortable accepting such technology as essential to their livelihood.

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Southern comfort

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00

31_feature_1Based in the charming Southern town of Petal, Miss., ASH Millworks is a full-service custom woodworking shop offering a wide range of cabinetry and millwork products including cabinets, doors, staircases and moldings. The company name is derived from its founder, A.S. “Skipper” Herring, otherwise known as Skip, who established the business in 1980. The business services a wide range of clients within an hour’s drive, and has a strong following along the Gulf Coast.

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Retirement plan

Written by Clayton Petree Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00

42_featureHoward Holz professes amusement that his last name, in German, means wood. That’s because Howard, affectionately known as Howie to many of his friends and neighbors, is afflicted by a decades-long passion for woodworking. It’s a passion that’s given the retired dairy farmer a regional reputation as an artist utilizing massive wooden slabs as his canvas in creating sought-after works of art.

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Lean is lasting

Written by John English Monday, 14 May 2012 00:00

34_featureWaste is fairly common in woodshops. And one way to keep it in check is a concept borrowed from the auto industry. Lean manufacturing began in the 1980s at companies such as Toyota, but it has evolved so much that credit for its current form is questionable. So, too, in the opinions of many traditional managers, are its benefits. But it keeps on growing in popularity, so perhaps it’s worth a closer look.

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New lease on life

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 May 2012 00:00

26_feature_1Until recently, Jim Shaw has relied on general contractors to supply his Shaw Woodworking cabinet shop in the Pocasset section of Bourne, Mass., with work. Now he’s targeting consumers directly.

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