Great Woodshops

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Great Woodshops: Woodworking With a Mission

Tillers International teaches sustainable skills to help improve lives. By Jeff Skiver Pages: 74-76 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now Most woodworking classes start the same way – with the students introducing themselves and telling about their backgrounds and interests. The most recent class I attended, at Tillers International, was...

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Great Woodshops: A Century of Gerstner

One woodworker’s toolbox launched this thriving family business. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 76-79 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now The dream of starting a nice little business is common among woodworkers, and it isn’t anything new. In 1906, Harry Gerstner followed his dream and established H. Gerstner & Sons...

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Great Woodshops: Using Wood to Make Waves

Reuben Margolin uses scraps to explore science, nature and math. By Raphael Rosen Pages: 74-77 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now At this moment, Reuben Margolin is building a gigantic wooden sculpture that moves. It’s titled “Yellow Linear Wave,” and is one of his many creations – usually built out...

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Great Woodshops: Country Workshops

This sylvan school offers a wide variety of classes in woodworking and more. By Stuart Page Pages: 58-59From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue nowCountry Workshops began when Drew Langsner and his wife, Louise, moved from California to the Smoky Mountains. On their farm, a 15-minute drive from the nearest tarmac, they’ve built...

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Great Woodshops: Living the European Dream

A St. Louis physician spent years assembling the perfect shop. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 52-54From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue nowThe problem with many “dream shops” is that their visionaries never wake up and get on with building any furniture.There’s nothing inherently wrong with building a hobby shop and having the shop alone...

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Great Woodshops: Fertile Fields

In the last 11 years, Marc Adams’s woodworking school has experienced explosive growth. By Kara Gebhart Pages: 94-98 From the December 2004 issue #145 Buy this issue now It’s an unusually cool August day, and Marc Adams has all the doors of his woodworking school swung open, letting the bright Indiana sunshine in. In...

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Great Woodshops: A Passion for Old Cast Iron

One woodworker’s quest has become a historical treasure trove for all to share. By David Thiel Pages: 38-40 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Dana Batory didn’t start out to become the authority on vintage woodworking machinery. His college education was leading him to a career in geology, but that...