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Timothy Coleman

Furniture maker Timothy Coleman has always had an urge to work with his hands. Although he was sidetracked briefly while earning a degree in English at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., a move to Seattle, Wash.—what he calls “a hotbed of furniture making” changed his career course permanently. Read on for the full story:

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John and Andrea Hartcorn

John Hartcorn was a musician for 20 years before he switched gears and decided to “take the plunge” and go back to school for furniture design. “I dabbled in metal and upholstery before arriving at designing and building furniture,” he explains.

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If you’re familiar with Don and Jenifer Green of GreenTree in Delhi, N.Y., you already know they make graceful handcrafted furniture that integrates wood, textiles and metal. What you may not know is that the Greens also produce a range of interesting candle designs—from the “Divinity Series,” which features the soothing face of Buddah, to a set of owls or jumbo pine cones.

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Gatski Metal

Modern lines meet agricultural history in Ben and Kate Gatski’s “Barn Beam Console Table” (above) and “Barn Loft Table” (below). The husband-and-wife team has worked together since 2004 to craft unique sculptures from recycled farm machinery.

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