Tappan Chairs is in the midst of a revival in the town of Sandwich, New Hampshire, and the new owner, Adam Nudd-Homeyer, successfully raised seed funding online through the crowd-funding tool Kickstarter.com for new equipment and marketing. Founded in 1819, by Abraham Tappan, the company produces ladder-back chairs with hand-woven seats using some of the many pieces of original equipment that date back to the 19th century. In a time when many of our traditional furniture industry players have departed, Adam’s campaign is inspiring. Turns out, I' m not the only one who thinks so either...

Beginning this Fall and continuing through 2014, the Northern Forest Center is sponsoring a series of articles in Northern Woodlands magazine that captures success stories of innovation occurring in the region’s wood products manufacturing industry through the help of the Regional Wood Products Consortium.

One of my favorite things about the work we do through the Regional Wood Products Consortium is leveraging the networks we’ve built to support the small companies that dot our landscape. On a macro-level, we’re helping the entire industry in the region evolve its culture and change its approach to innovation. At the same time, we’re helping individual people achieve objectives that go well beyond the bottom-line. This brings me to the story of Carol Chang, a young woman from Houston, Texas, who is starting her career in the furniture industry in our region as a result of the Consortium’s network.