Out of the Woodwork

Selling a piece of history

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

oow1The Allegory Handcrafted Goods Co. is a small Chicago-based business specializing in handcrafted pens from historical woods from across the world. Established in 2012, it has since captivated consumers nationwide.

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New pews for St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

oow1St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City is a beloved icon known around the world, whether or not you are part of the Catholic community. It is currently undergoing the most extensive full-scale restoration project in its history and the Keck Group of Middletown, N.Y., which specializes in church pew restoration and other architectural work, was awarded the contract of restoring all of the church’s pews as part of the project.

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For the well-dressed man

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

oow1Sculptor and wood artist Marv Beloff, founder of the International Wooden Bow Tie Club, has crafted more than 1,000 ties in his home-based shop in Middlefield, Conn. But the story starts with his first tie.

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Worn by time, but still tough as nails

Written by Greg Coppa Monday, 14 April 2014 00:00

oowOn the outskirts of a little Rhode Island village, there is a hardware store of the old type. There you might still find open galvanized metal bins that allow you to buy two ounces of grass seed, a handful of chicken feed or four finish nails, if that’s all you want. It is the kind of store favored by the older local sort, but whether there are enough of us left to sustain this particular operation or whether the newer arrivals can learn that they can buy just what they need and put it into brown paper bags all by themselves, still remains to be seen.

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Toy box specialist

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

oow1Bob Beck of Bismarck, N.D., is the proud owner of Wood Creations Inc., a niche woodworking business that produces wooden toy boxes, blanket chests and memory boxes for clients around the world. Joined by his wife, Julie, and four employees, the company produces an average of 1,500 products annually for customers looking for a special keepsake for either a child’s toys or their own precious mementos.

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