July 25, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 14

Spencer applies finish to SHC Woodworking Co.

Richard Spencer is used to putting things back together.

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Since 1989, the Shadle Park graduate has been putting his woodworking talents on display building furniture, cabinetry and performing repairs and modifications, which eventually led to a career when he opened up his own business, Spencer Heirlooms & Craft, in 2006.

But after the 2008 economic recession, Spencer was forced to close up shop and was dealt perhaps his toughest repair task; rebuilding his own company.

“I was pretty discouraged,” Spencer said. “I did feel a kind of a sense of loss and failure just because it was s...

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