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Mira Nakashima is a mother, wife, architect, furniture maker, author, and daughter of renowned woodworker and author George Nakashima. She’s also a longtime friend and woodworking compatriot, thanks to my having worked in her dad’s finishing shop many years ago. When George died, Mira took over the business—knowing full well how challenging it would be to walk in the footsteps of her famous father. Remarkably, Mira has the same passion and reverence for wood—and fine woodworking—as her dad. I caught up with Mira recently to talk about family, wood, woodworking, and what the business has been like since her father’s passing almost 30 years ago. —Andy Rae


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The small North Carolina town of Conover may seem like an unusual location for one of the largest importers of exotic hardwoods. But that’s where Rocky Mehta and his wife Kim chose to relocate their lumber business a little over three years ago.

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Woodcraft is a proud sponsor of this popular weekly podcast about woodworking hosted by talented young woodworkers/makers Rubino, Toth and Burger. The Dusty Life can be found wherever you find quality podcasts. Check out these products that have been featured on The Dusty Life.

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When young Danny Lipford saved his allowance to purchase his first electric jigsaw from a mail-order catalog, his parents couldn't have dreamed that he would go on to become "America's Home Improvement Expert." Now he's helping millions of homeowners with practical advice for the home on Today's Homeowner radio and TV shows. 

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Chelsea Lipford Wolf was "destined to DIY." After all, she followed in her dad's footsteps from a very early age. She may be the daughter of home improvement expert Danny Lipford, but she is building her own brand in the DIY arena. 

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John Malecki goes from gridiron to workshop.

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Canadian woodworker and author of The Minimalist Woodworker, Vic Tesolin, doesn’t own a table saw, a jointer, or a router. 


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Marc Spagnuolo, aka The Wood Whisperer, has been sharing his craft online for over a decade. But that’s not all. Since then, with his family firmly in his corner, he’s created a successful guild, produced audio and video podcasts, sold project plans, and written a book called Hybrid Woodworking to share what he’s learned about combining hand tool and power tool techniques.

I managed to catch Marc during a rare few minutes of downtime. We talked about how The Wood Whisperer got its start, who inspires Marc, and the importance of working with your hands.

—Chad McClung

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Marc Spagnuolo, aka The Wood Whisperer, has been sharing his craft online for over a decade. But that’s not all. Since then, with his family firmly in his corner, he’s created a successful guild, produced audio and video podcasts, sold project plans, and written a book called Hybrid Woodworking to share what he’s learned about combining hand tool and power tool techniques.

I managed to catch Marc during a rare few minutes of downtime. We talked about how The Wood Whisperer got its start, who inspires Marc, and the importance of working with your hands.

—Chad McClung

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A photographer found it too expensive to have his work framed and decided to make the frames himself. After buying a few tools and watching how-to videos, he found his calling. Here are the highlights from my chat with the host of Make Something (formerly, The Drunken Woodworker), co-host of the podcast Making It, and author of two woodworking project books
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