Art & Janet Canor – Woodworking
Town of McDonough
Art has been working in wood most of his life. At 5 years old he helped his father by sweeping sawdust and bark from their saw mill. At 12 he bought his first horse by going door to door selling and making personalized name signs. As a teenager he made dog houses, outdoor sheds and custom fencing. In the winters when that type of business was slow he made furniture giving most of it away to friends and family.
In 1972 there were too many furniture orders to go back to making the sheds, fence and outdoor buildings. Furniture was now full time, including kitchen, dining room sets, rocking chairs, hutches, dry sinks and more.
Art buys logs that are rejected from the furniture mills or export mills because they are too small, too many knots, etc. When he cuts each log, he knows ahead of time what it’s going to be used for: chair rungs, spindles, seats, etc. can all be sawn from a log by cutting out the defects after he kiln dries the plank.
With the help of his wife Janet, they make their furniture like it was made years ago – with pride and care, built to last. The Canor’s joined MIC in 1996.