Videos

Come on in and see how we do things at the Center of the World. 

Leaves on Ends of Dining Table

Terry demonstrates how leaves attach to the ends of a custom, walnut dining table.

Installing the Rosebud Curio

Watch as Terry, Philip and Don install a Rosebud curio cabinet in a client's home.

Margie the Shop Cat

Margie knows all the best places to take a nap in the shop.

Tour the Dining Furniture Showroom

Dining tables, chairs, servers, carpets, a china cabinet — chances are, if you want it, we've got it. And if we don't already have it, we can make it for you. Take a look at what we're offering in our dining furniture showroom right now — maple, walnut, cherry, mahogany and quarter-sawn oak. Filmed December 27, 2017. Tour will be updated regularly, so visit often!

Tour the Showroom, Middle Room

Here, we display our home office and bedroom furniture. Filmed October 28, 2017. Tour is updated regularly, so visit often!

Tour the Showroom, Back Room

Looking for a TV cabinet, comfy chair or some occasional tables? Come see what we're displaying in October, 2017. Tour will be updated regularly, so visit often!

Adjustable height computer table

Rustic meets high tech! Raise or lower this live-edge walnut desk with the push of a button. Program up to 4 heights (28" to 42"), so everyone in the family can set their preference. Or just push and hold until it reaches your comfort zone. Optional desktop USB port and power outlet. Not shown is an optional cable controller.

In-the-round view of carved sign

Carved on our CNC wood router, this sign is hand painted. It will be mounted on two posts in front of Fox Hollow Vineyards in Baroda, Michigan.

Wood Router CNC Carves 3D Horse Scene

Master woodworker, Phil Mielke, programmed (and is behind the scenes operating) the Center of the World Woodshop's wood router CNC to create a 3D scene that includes two horses, a saddle thrown over a fence, a barn, even clouds in the sky.

Hand Carving Demonstration

Terry Hanover, demonstrates the age-old technique of handcarving. This short clip walks viewers through the entire process, from tracing the pattern to sanding the finished product. Introducing Margie the Shop Cat.

Geared Table Slides Demonstrated

Serena demonstrates just how easy it is for one person to open and close even a 1 1/2" thick solid walnut top — if you use the right kind of slides.

Making a Sign on the CNC Router

This is our "numericaly controlled router," we have added this machine to give a more modern ability to wood carving and sign making. This particular part is being "roughed out" to save some time handcarving. At the end of the video you will see the finished part added to the new showroom sign, the sign itself is nearly eight foot wide and 4 foot tall, and shows much of our capibility regarding machine and hand carved signs.

Installing a Plug on a Deck

Phil drives to showroom to install a couple of wood plugs on the Showroom desk — and gives a bit of a tour of Harbor Country on the way. #customwoodworking #centeroftheworldwoodshop #woodworking #woodfurniture

Roger Ebert's Visit

Roger Ebert, may he rest in peace, shopped in our showroom many times. He was always appreciative, and on his last 2010 visit, he taped this tour. We had no idea until it turned up online. Thanks, Roger. CREDIT: ROGER EBERT

Making the Rosebud Chair

Terry demonstrates the creation of his signature Rosebud inlay, using stained glass and walnut. Phil shows, step-by-step, how he assembles the chair.

Techniques for Hand Carving

Terry Hanover explains how he created a hand carved, three-dimensional squirrel, and acorn and oak leaf panels on a custom-made quarter-sawn oak bedroom set.

Techniques for Hand Carving

Terry Hanover explains how he created a hand carved, three-dimensional squirrel, and acorn and oak leaf panels on a custom-made quarter-sawn oak bedroom set.

Self Store Table Leaves

Howard demonstrates how leaves store inside his new table. Credit: Howard Skolnik and Robert Milanowski.

Here's the Shop!

Tour of the shop.

Foot Trail Bridge

It's not always about furniture. As a member of Weesaw Township's Parks Committee, Terry Hanover designed this bridge to span the ravine on Tirrell's Trail in Weesaw Township Park (which is located in New Troy, Michigan — aka the center of the world. Over a handful of weekends, the work was accomplished with help from volunteers: Township Supervisor Gary Sommers, Jack Dodds, Dan Trist, Jesse Gearhart, Clay Krumrie, Mike Metz. Carolyn Sommers and Judy Dodds provided lunches for all the workers.