SKIMMER HELLIER OF Stark Mountain Woodworking holds a stingray hide to finish custom cabinets. Stingrays are farmed commercially, Hellier noted.
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NEW HAVEN — It’s not every day you need stingray hide to finish a cabinet.
But if you’re building high-end interior cabinets, it’s actually not that uncommon either, says Skimmer Hellier, who keeps a stack of the hides in a drawer at work.
Hellier owns and runs Stark Mountain Woodworking with partner Louis DuPont, whom he met while the two were on a construction crew together in the 1990s. They’ve since expanded their company to 18 workers and operate out of a three-story, 70-year-old former chicken barn in New Haven. The building and many additions include about 12,000 square feet on the...
MIDDLEBURY — Maple Landmark will be opening its doors for free tours on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Manufacturing Day. Since 2012, Manufacturing Day has been an opportunity for the public to learn about business and manufacturing here in the United States. In that spirit, Maple Landmark will hold tours of its 28,000-square-foot factory-store every hour, on the hour.
The 45-minute tour goes through where they cut, sand, finish, detail, assemble, and package their wooden products. Tour leaders will discuss their business practices and processes, how their production is so much more than...