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Rural Setting Doesn't Stop this Woodworker.

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Project by UltimateCarvercom posted 08-21-2013 02:20 PM 1436 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the countryside of rural Pennsylvania is a wood working shop that has found its customers by their reputation. A business surrounded by woods and farmland they have survived and grown from a one man shop in 1996 to an 8 full time employees and 15,000 sf of manufacturing. How did they do it?

One impression I had as I worked with Glen A Hissim Woodworking is they do have a reputation of doing it right the first time. Glen started the shop as a carpenter woodworker that loved doing fine woodwork. He used to build his cabinets on site to setting up his garage to a one man shop. Word of mouth became his best advertiser.

Ellyn Barr of Ellyn Barr Designs in nearby town of Glenside said that “Hissim Woodworking is her go to guy when she has a very difficult or demanding job. They can even still come on site and do what ever has to be done because it is too hard to do in a shop. Not only are the staff friendly and competent they always deliver on time.”

Recently Hissim had a unusual project that needed a custom made valance that was not possible for them to produce in their shop. Bob DeLeo manager of Hissim Woodworking turned to www.UltimateCarver.com to become his supplier with this unusual request. His customer wanted a custom made valance that had vines intertwined with a Celtic knot as the focal point. “Trying to find a company like yours is hard” said Bob to Steve Groeneweg co-owner of UltimateCarver.com with his wife Sherry. I did have to admit it is as we are just a Mom and Pop business with an unusual niche focus.

Hissim placed the order with Steve and Sherry and the project was underway. The customer was so happy with the custom made valances with her custom entertainment center that Bob and Steve are working now on a design of custom carved bed for her.

This story is going to have another chapter soon. The one reason is the exception work of Hissim Woodworking and the teaming up with UltimateCarver.

The mantra that Steve and Sherry have on every email is “When you use unique products that your competition doesn’t have, you become the premier company in your industry” Let UltimateCarver.com become your teammate and help you dominate your area of the country.

-- Steve Groeneweg, http//www.UltimateCarver.com





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Rex B

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#1 posted 08-21-2013 02:49 PM

Wow, too cool!

-- Rex

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bazz135uk

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#2 posted 08-21-2013 02:51 PM

Inspireing Top Class work :: Fantastic website looks like heaven ! Best of the Best. Do you need anyone to sweep up and make Coffee ?

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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UltimateCarvercom

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#3 posted 08-21-2013 02:54 PM

Bazz, since my wife and I do this business together we do need a house keeper! lol

-- Steve Groeneweg, http//www.UltimateCarver.com

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 08-21-2013 02:58 PM

It sounds like quite a good business.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 08-21-2013 03:58 PM

Excellent carving work and design. Heavy carving, especially at the top of a piece can easily look too heavy for the furniture under it, but you have avoided that problem and achieved a very well balanced overall appearance.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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UltimateCarvercom

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#6 posted 08-21-2013 04:01 PM

Thank you Mike.

-- Steve Groeneweg, http//www.UltimateCarver.com

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HillbillyShooter

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#7 posted 08-21-2013 07:45 PM

Nice carvings and better stories of entrepreneurial successes! Also, I always enjoy such stories so thanks for sharing.

P.S. Word of mouth and satisfied clients has been how I survived for some 37-years.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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david38

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#8 posted 08-21-2013 07:49 PM

looks great

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CalgaryGeoff

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#9 posted 08-22-2013 07:21 AM

I got caught up in the story and forgot who made what and when and where. Today’s youth out hustling for a buck. Oh yes very nice work on the carving, center piece Celtic looks great. The cabinets also look good. Appears as though a new business future awaits.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#10 posted 08-22-2013 01:12 PM

Nice carving, but IMO to deep for the casework as you can see it interferes with the top shelving.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#11 posted 08-22-2013 01:56 PM

Very cool design great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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woodNfish

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#12 posted 08-22-2013 04:33 PM

The carvings are beautiful, but your customers design taste is lousy. The styles do not go together.

-- woodNfish

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