"...to produce a piece that is pleasing to the eye and artistic in nature."
In 1977 Harry Tippetts went to work for a now successful local cabinet making company. Though the company was a one man operation at the time, working mostly on cabinets and antique repairs, Harry learned his craft well and became a lover of beautiful woodwork.
In 1994, Harry rented shop space near Legacy Woodworking Machinery's original headquarters. One day, out of curiosity, Harry visited our facility to see what we were doing. He observed the manufacturing and the operation of our Ornamental Mill and the rest, as they say, is history.
Harry's original purchase was a Model 1500 that had the capacity to mill eleven inch round stock 83 inches long. He had recently acquired a contract to build large fluted columns for a rather "plush" home in the area. Although the milling of the columns to satisfy his column contract was Harry's primary motivation, he could also see how our Ornamental Mill could seriously help him add to his overall repertoire of woodworking designs.
"I had a cabinet business of my own for 5 years and I found out that one of the real barriers in creating artistic woodworking was performing radius type work - anything with curvatures - anything that deviates from the basic parallel and perpendicular designs. Nothing beats this machine for doing this type of ornamental work. The curvature design problem would be difficult for me to address without your Legacy Ornamental Mill."
When asked what feature of the Legacy Ornamental Mill he found most appealing, Harry replied:
"Oh boy, that's a hard question to answer. Right now, coming off this desk project that I just completed for one of my customers, my favorite feature is the ability to take crown moldings and profiles around corners. The desk I just finished is about seven and a half feet long, and four feet wide. I was intrigued with the prospect of building it, of being able to run crown moldings around its radii and to create all radius type corners. My favorite feature will probably change with my next project, which I won"t detail at this time, but right now, that"s the feature I enjoy most about the mill."
This desk is amazing; the client was so pleased he paid Harry an additional thousand dollar bonus when the piece was delivered. Harry is definitely making a name for himself and his company in the custom woodworking market.
Harry States: "I left the cabinet business because I see furniture as artwork - more than just a piece for utility. The fact that building furniture gives me a way to express my artistic abilities really motivates me to excel in this field. I hope to develop, over time, new and different pieces that are aesthetically pleasing. I would sincerely like to thank the people at Legacy Woodworking for their help and professionalism in answering questions and solving problems."
"After I delivered the desk, my client's wife said to me, "I wish it was home in my living room so that I could just sit and look at it."
"That makes it all worth it to me; that is what it's all about."
"The Legacy machine gives me the capability to do things I could not do otherwise. I've been in and out of the cabinet business and would not want to begin to be in the furniture business without this machine. It gives you the capability to do things you would otherwise have to do by hand. It is the most versatile piece of equipment in my shop. I know this is not the least expensive piece of equipment to buy, but I wouldn't be very excited about going to work everyday if I didn't have a Legacy in my shop."