Out of the Woodwork

The Little Big Apple

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 17:33

It started at an early age and there was nothing Michael Chesko could do to stop it. He was obsessed with building models. No, it wasn’t model airplanes or boats — it was entire cities. He built model cities out of wood blocks, nuts and bolts, mud — anything he could get his hands on that would stand up like a building.



Built to scale

Tuesday, 04 November 2008 16:17

Jim Arnold, owner of Reflections in Wood in Prince George, British Columbia, specializes in building custom scale wooden display models of trucks, equipment and aircraft. What started out as a hobby 35 years ago became a business in 2001.



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.



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