Business Spotlight: Blue Ridge Woodworking

The February 2016 episode of the Alexander County EDC’s “Business Spotlight” features Blue Ridge Woodworking, located at 126 Bolick Chair Lane in Bethlehem (just off NC Hwy. 127).

You can watch the video on YouTube (, Facebook (, or on the Alexander County Government Channel on Charter channel 192 or AT&T U-Verse 99.

Owned by Gabe and Athena Garnto, the local manufacturer uses a variety of reclaimed and recycled wood products to create custom handmade furniture, such as side tables, coffee tables, shelves, dining tables, seating, desks, home decor, and more. Blue Ridge Woodworking also does metal fabrication.

“If you can dream it, we can build it,” Gabe said with a smile. “This is a total team effort. No job is too small or too large.”

He said their goods are less of a product, and more like a work of art. “We place a high emphasis on quality and appearance.”

Blue Ridge Woodworking employs seven people at its 13,000 square foot facility.

For more information, call Blue Ridge Woodworking at (828) 495-2600, send an email to, or visit,,,,, or

How To Make A Tool Roll From Leather for Woodworking Carving Chisels

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Whether it is Carving chisels, Files, screwdrivers or Wrenches, A tool roll is a great way to store then for quick use and clean storage. For any Hand tool Woodworker, this is something that has come across your mind. the simple fact is this Leatherworking project is a simple and easy way to store your woodworking tools.

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9 – Off to the Woodworking Show 2007 (Part 1 of 2)

This video was originally published on January 18, 2007 & was never added to YouTube…until today!

One of my favorite events of the year has got to be The Woodworking Shows. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Its basically a huge convention focused on everything woodworking. From major power tools to router bits to shop consumables, its all there. And if shopping isn’t your thing, there are ton of free demonstrations and seminars. In addition, there are a bunch of paid seminars that you can sign up for on the website at In part 1 of this episode, I give you an idea of what to expect at a woodworking show and we even have a few interviews for you to check out. I hope you guys enjoy it. To find out when The Woodworking Show are coming to your town, check out their website at

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Begin Japanology – Sashimono Woodwork 木工

In Japan, traditional wooden furniture is assembled without using a single nail. Advanced sashimono joinery techniques have been passed down for centuries.

There are around 30 different basic types of joint. Tenons and mortises are carved to precisely matching shapes.

Sashimono techniques are used not just to connect pieces of wood, but also to enhance visual impact. Master craftsmen use subtle optical illusions to make finished items look more elegant.
On this edition of BEGIN Japanology, we look at sashimono woodwork, which embodies the essence of Japanese aesthetics and traditional craftsmanship.