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An Easton Craftsman Carves a Niche Business by Dick Cooper

In his Easton home workshop, Howard Hughes (no, not that Howard Hughes, but we’ll get back to that later) turns blocks of exotic wood into objects of art that have function as well as form. Inlaid cutting and serving boards, artfully sculpted peppermills and intricate wine-bottle stoppers take shape on the specialty saws and lathes that vie for space in the shop with stacks of holly, cherry, maple and ebony. The shop is home to How-Wood Products LLC, the mom-and-pop

bu si ne s s Hug he s a nd h i s w i fe, Carol, started shortly after moving permanently to the Eastern Shore more than a decade ago. Every Saturday from April to December, the Hugheses are regulars at the Easton Farmers’ Market, the primary retail venue for their wooden treasures. “When people try to give Howard money, he tells them to give it to me. He says he is not allowed to touch it,” Carol says. “She tries to keep me focused,” Hughes says, pointing to a whiteboard in his

Howard Hughes in his shop showing off one of his peppermills. 23

Tidewater Times August 2012  

Tidewater Times August 2012

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