Wood Can Make All the Difference

Wood is one of the world’s most beautiful natural resources. When in its natural state in a tree, it provides a beautiful landscaping element. But there’s more to wood than leaving it in its natural state. Wood makes for beautiful structures, both practical and artistic. Everything from furniture to kitchen utensils can be constructed from…

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Tradition at Barney & Carey

We are certainly proud to be celebrating Barney and Carey’s 100th anniversary since opening on the banks of the Neponset River, Milton, in 1922. It was the former site of the old Neponset Coal Co. I found the original permit and plans for the deep water docks, dated 1897. As the coal had long been…

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Top 5 DIY Woodworking Gifts You Still Have Time to Make

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If you’re a woodworker you know the value of a handmade gift. Everyone appreciates seeing that thought went into getting them something nice for Christmas and nothing says this more than a hand-crafted item. While, yes, the holidays may only be weeks away and you might be feeling the crunch of getting everything ready in…

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Customizing Your Home with Handcrafted Furniture

There is nothing more satisfying than making a home uniquely yours. One of the ways to set your home apart from others is with custom furniture. What’s amazing about having handcrafted furniture is that that no two pieces will be exactly alike. Here are some qualities of handcrafted furniture that set it apart from prefabricated…

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Characteristics of a Good Carpenter

Characteristics of a Good Carpenter

Carpentry is a dangerous profession. Woodworking involves a variety of different tools, including saws, drills, and nail guns. In the workshop, it is important to keep in mind that it only takes one moment of poor judgment to lose an eye, a finger, or more. As a carpenter, you must have certain qualities that help…

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Barney & Carey Co. Inc. Honored With Membership in the LBM Century Club

Barney & Carey Co. Inc., of Avon, MA, has been named to LBM Journal magazine’s LBM Century Club, in recognition of the company’s 100 years of service to its community. “We’re honoring lumberyards with a century or more of service to their communities and to our industry,” says LBM Journal Publisher and Executive Editor Rick…

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The (Un)Usual Suspects: Really Unusual Walnut Slabs

Unusual Walnut Slabs

I am always on the hunt to buy wide hardwood slabs from our network of small sawmills, but it gets harder and harder to find them, as demand is high. Walnut is always scarce, because there just aren’t that many Walnut trees here in New England. Tree companies come across them occasionally when a homeowner…

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Tips for Woodworking Beginners

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If you enjoy building things with your hands, you might consider picking up the craft of woodworking. Creative and practical, woodworking can be a fulfilling hobby or trade. These tips can help you get started if you’re new to woodworking. Invest in the Right Tools You should assemble all the necessary tools before beginning your…

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Woodworking and the Lost Art of Mentoring

woodworking and mentorship

Many people have asked me over the years how I first got started in woodworking. From a very young age, I was always fascinated by anything to do with construction. I used to go to building sites near my home and pick up scraps of lumber, from which I would make rudimentary projects. I took…

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Installing Crown Molding Around Your Home

Crown molding can provide a seamless transition between your walls and ceiling. Whether you have floor-to-ceiling cabinets or just want to spice up your room space, adding crown moldings can add a classy flair to your decor. With the following tips, you can install these moldings stress-free around your home. Plan Your Style Before you…

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