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Technological advances means slower job growth in the woodworking industry, but recently there has been increased demand for domestic wood products - thanks in part to people who want to make their own furniture.

Woodworking makes a comeback in brittle economy

by Susanna Pak
Feb 22, 2012


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Student Lane Bradley uses power tools to cut pieces for a toolbox, with the help of instructor Neal Sher of WoodSmyth's Woodworking School in Chicago.

With the economy still in a rut, finding work in the woodworking industry is especially rough. But the government says in recent years there has been more demand for homemade wooden products. Meet a woodworking instructor who has been teaching classes in Chicago for 13 years.