Woodcraft Franchise History
A Legacy of Quality and Service Since 1928Woodcraft retail stores trace their history to the late 1920's, to a small one-room shop in Boston's North End, where a small store began providing area cabinetmakers with the kinds of essential tools they could not find elsewhere. Woodcraft stores have continued to supply the specialized tools needed by professional woodworkers and skilled craftsmen and hobbyists. Woodcraft’s comprehensive retail selection of woodworking tools and equipment is now one of the nation's largest and most versatile. Woodcraft is not just committed to quality woodworking tools and supplies, but we are firmly committed to the education of woodworkers, equipping them to achieve the best results possible. Woodcraft teaches over 13,000 classes a year to a little over 50,000 students.
In 1962, Woodcraft was sold to Roger Wells. In 1968, Woodcraft Supply moved to Woburn, Massachusetts, where the catalog business was first operated out of a back room, until continued growth quickly forced Woodcraft to build a full warehouse/office facility.
In 1972, Sam Ross founded SBR, Inc. of Parkersburg, West Virginia and in 1987, SBR, Inc. bought Woodcraft. Sam Ross is an avid woodworker who had been a customer of Woodcraft. He made an offer to Roger Wells which was accepted. Woodcraft's driving philosophy changed with the expansion created using SBR experience in retail store operations. In 1988, Woodcraft began opening new stores and the next year its warehouse merchandise distribution and customer service operations relocated to Parkersburg, West Virginia. In 1991, Woodcraft offered its first credit card and in 1992, all offices were moved to Parkersburg.
In 1993, Woodcraft fulfilled its quest for same-day shipping and two-day delivery to customers and bought the Mason & Sullivan clock catalog brand and inventory. That same year, Woodcraft also bought 10 stores from Shopsmith, while adding another two stores. In 1996, www.woodcraft.com was established and Woodcraft became one of the first woodworking companies to operate on the Internet.
In 1998, Woodcraft's 1st franchise store opened. During the late 1990's, Woodcraft added eighteen franchised and three corporate stores, which caused an increase in warehouse space to almost two acres. In 2000, the Hawaii store opened and Woodcraft moved its administrative offices to its present location. By the end of 2001, there were 55 Woodcraft stores.
In 2006, Woodcraft's parent company, SBR, Inc. merged with Fortune Brands, but Woodcraft remained under the ownership of Sam Ross. Woodcraft changed its name from Woodcraft Supply Corp. and Woodcraft Franchise Corporation to Woodcraft Supply, LLC and Woodcraft Franchise, LLC respectively. Currently there are over 70 stores nationwide operating in 36 states including Hawaii; four stores remain corporately owned. Woodcraft continues to supply a wide array of tools and supplies to woodworkers in 117 countries through retail outlets, by catalog and woodcraft.com.