Out of the Woodwork

Classic rockers

Monday, 06 October 2008 17:06

Greg Harkins of Vaughan, Miss., has been building handmade chairs for 35 years for a clientele that ranges from “the common folks” to the last five presidents of the United States. Harkins builds quality chairs, mostly rockers, and credits his success to Tommy Bell, a legendary Mississippi chair maker.



Furniture with attitude

Monday, 06 October 2008 16:55

Philips Bosen's exotic animistic furniture designs are accentuated with contrasting colors.Philip Bosen of Silver Spring, Md., is a computer software tester by day who is readily anticipating a retirement career as a full-time animistic furniture artisan. Animism is the belief in the existence of spirits, dragons, lizards and the like. A sole proprietor doing occasional commissions and gallery pieces, he finds furniture making an enjoyable way to fill his time.



Fairway to hallway

Tuesday, 30 September 2008 19:33

Lee Huss, an urban forester in Bloomington, Ind., says he works in a city that is tree crazy. In 1985, Bloomington earned the state’s first Tree City USA designation, which it has maintained for 23 years. Huss and his department are responsible for maintaining about 18,000 street trees and thousands more in the city parks.



Fan carving

Tuesday, 30 September 2008 19:30

Fan Carver’s World was established in 2002 by husband-and-wife team Sally and David Nye of Fennville, Mich. The two artisans are woodcarvers as well as historians, who first discovered the art of fan carving at a woodcarving show in the late ’90s, and are now in the business of selling related artwork, books, tools and wood to promote this seemingly lost art to an international market.



Engineering intricacy

Wednesday, 06 August 2008 15:38

Gregg Palm of Wolverine Lake, Mich., has an eye for design and a fascination with infinite pattern combinations.



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