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

Media center with inlays

Petite but loaded with details, from inlays to cutouts, from faux drawer fronts to meticulously selected pulls.

Stacking 'em up!

Inlays and carvings and cutouts, these pieces waiting for the finish room have it all.

Rosebud Desk in Progress

Master Woodworker, Philip Mielke, discusses the latest version of our Rosebud desk, which he is making for a client.

Rosebud Desk, Take 2

In which master woodworker, Philip Mielke, assembles a dovetail drawer and shows off a hand crafted cherry and walnut drawer pull.

In which master woodworker, Philip Mielke, explains why and how faux thru-tenons were used on this version of the desk.

Making the Rosebud Desk, Take 3

Leaves on Ends of Dining Table

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

Self Store Table Leaves

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

Installing the Rosebud Curio

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

Making the Rosebud Chair

Terry Hanover demonstrates the creation of his signature Rosebud inlay, using stained glass and walnut. Master Woodworker, Philip Mielke, assembles the chair.

Margie the Shop Cat

Margie knows all the best places to take a nap in the shop. Film by Philip Mielke.

Adjustable height computer table

Rustic meets high tech! Serena Wolfe demonstrates how to 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 hand carving. 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

Philip Mielke drives to showroom to install a couple of wood plugs on the deck of our old Showroom (which we moved in 2021) and gives a tour of Harbor Country on the way. CREDIT: PHILIP MIELKE #customwoodworking #centeroftheworldwoodshop #woodworking #woodfurniture

Roger Ebert's Visit

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

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.

Hand Caving an Oak Leaf

Terry demonstrates his hand carving technique on an oak leaf and acorn drawer pull. Assisted by Margie the Cat.

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.

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. CREDIT: LORRAINE HANOVER