National “Get Woodworking Week!”


It’s National Get Woodworking Week!


Woodworking is a hobby and/or profession that is fun and interesting. It not only challenges creative skills but also analytical skills. On top of that, it also leaves one with a feeling of satisfaction upon finishing a project and being able to see a completed product.


Get Woodworking Week started as an idea by Tom from Tom’s Workbench. In order to preserve traditional woodworking and to make sure the craft of woodworking doesn’t get lost over time, he and a few other passionate woodworkers decided to initiate National Get Woodworking week.


Considering that the trend in the furniture industry seems to develop away from pieces that are build to last and more towards pieces out of MDF or particle board, his efforts are commendable.


Upon realizing that woodworking isn’t taught in schools nearly as frequently anymore as it used to, Tom and his fellow woodworking friends decided that it was time to start National Get Woodworking week in order to inspire those new to woodworking to get more involved, inspired and motivated.

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GDP|GUHDO History, part 1

GUHDO was founded in 1908 in Remscheid, Germany and has maintained it’s image as the sharper tooling company over a century later! This first picture shows the GUHDO factory at its original location in Remscheid, Germany in the early 1960’s, as indicated by the type of cars out front.   In 1967 the factory was relocated to nearby Wermelskirchen.  The name GUHDO, by the way, was derived from the founders of the company, Gustav & Hugo Doerken.

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The  picture below was  taken a few years later, around 1969.  It shows the GUHDO-Export department at work.   True to the time period, the work ethic was focused on detailed performance that followed strict instructions. The head of department sat in the front of the room, facing the other employees. Basically the whole department was set up in a similar manner as a classroom would be.

Also, note the now rather antiquated telephones and typewriters and the sparse, yet oddly interesting wall decorations.  A clutter free work environment!

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The photo below shows GUHDO Werk entrance in 1986, the same year  GUHDO USA was established.  GUHDO USA remained a sister company of GUHDO Werk, Wermelskirchen until 2005, when GUHDO USA became independent.

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