Out of the Woodwork

Riding with the Stetson herd

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 12 December 2011 00:00

48_oowThea Marx is currently working with Stetson Worldwide to help promote furniture artisans and other craftsmen who specialize in Western design. Marx is the former executive director of the Western Design Conference in Cody, Wyo., and author of the book “Contemporary Western Design: High Style Furniture Interiors.” A Wyoming native who grew up surrounded by Western ideals, Marx thinks Western-style furniture and other crafts are underrepresented in the international market.

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Filling a big need

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00

64_oow_1Elia Tan started GiantChess.com in 2001 because there were no giant wooden chess sets available over the Internet, only plastic ones.

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East meets West

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 October 2011 00:00

48_oow_1Chandler 4 Corners, a home furnishings company based in Manchester, Vt., is gaining sales and attention with a new furniture line launched earlier this year. Established in 1991, the company is an importer and wholesaler of hand-hooked wool rugs and pillows. Now it also offers a new Hickory Furniture line of benches and stools set on Amish bases and featuring hand-hooked upholstery from India.

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Banking on a skateboard revival

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 September 2011 00:00

064_oow_1Mike Mahoney runs a unique woodworking business that produces longboard skateboards. Though he’s built skateboards for fun since high school, he got serious in 2005 and opened Honey Skateboards in Grand Junction, Colo. Because of the growing popularity of his product, Mahoney says he almost doubles production every year and estimates he’ll make about 2,000 boards this year.

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Celebrating a pioneer

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 August 2011 00:00

48_oow_01The National Arts & Crafts Conference and Antiques Show, an annual three-day event held at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C., celebrates a unique and historic style that has influenced American craftsmen since its revival in the 1960s.

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