America’s oldest and largest woodworking retailer, Woodcraft Supply, opened a second store in Boston on April 22 at 3 Walpole Park South. This new 10,000 square foot store is located two miles north of Gillette Stadium, New England’s premier sports, entertainment and event venue which is home to the New England Patriots NFL football team.
“In opening this store our goal is to make it more convenient for, and to better service, both the woodworking hobbyist and the professional, in the southern Boston, Cape Cod, and northern Rhode Island market areas,” Gary Lombard, Woodcraft vice president for retail/franchise development, said. “Our Woburn store currently serves the north side of Boston, so we thought this location would complement its operation and offer easy access to Woodcraft in the greater Boston area.”
The new Walpole store offers an extensive display of quality woodworking equipment and supplies for building cabinets and furniture, woodturning, woodcarving — anything involving working wood. Check out the store’s interior by viewing the video on their store website. Woodworkers will also be able to take classes at Boston – Walpole as they do at the other Woodcraft stores.
Manager Jerry Klevas has an extensive woodworking background that includes building custom furniture in his own shop prior to joining the Rhode Island Woodcraft store, first as assistant manager and then as manager until the store closed after the owners did not renew their franchise. Some of Jerry’s work includes this Grandfather clock, crib and blanket chest.
“The thing I miss the most since the Rhode Island Woodcraft store closed is the interaction I had with the friends I made while working there. I really can’t say they were just customers, because I got to know a great many of them over the 5 1/2 years, helping with tool selection, plans, techniques and such along the way,” Klevas said. “I look forward to seeing these friends again and to making new ones.”
Jerry’s assistant manager is Wally Dewey. Wally is a woodturner and woodworker who likes to build cabinets and furniture. In addition he owns his own business called Monkey Bars Garage Storage Solutions. Wally said, “This new Woodcraft store has a warehouse look to it with it’s high ceiling structure that really “wows” the customers. We’re not sure how we are going to use this extra space yet, but we’ll be sure to come up with something creative.”
So be sure to not only check out all that the new store has to offer, but also get to know your knowledgeable Walpole Woodcraft team.
Tommy MacDonald, host of the Boston-based public television show Rough Cut –Woodworking with Tommy Mac, showed up soon after the store opened to present Klevas with a “store warming” gift – a laminated coat rack he made for his season two show. The rack features different species of wood combined using stack lamination. Tommy also posted a comment on the Rough Cut Facebook page: “This sure is awesome!! 10,000 square feet!! This place is my new home base … Woo-hoo!!!”
Let’s take a tour with Aaron Smith, Walpole’s store Social Media Specialist.
Now our RFC, Scott Dixon kindly refers to Aaron’s title as the Social Media Store Comedian. In this video by Aaron you will see why, as he shows you how to get to the new store. We know you will be in a huge hurry to visit, but please be sure to follow the speed limits!
For information about store hours, location or products, contact the Boston – Walpole store at (508) 668-2413 or visit the store website.
Be sure to check out, “LIKE” and post on Walpole’s new Facebook page.
To learn more about Woodcraft, the industry leader in providing a wide variety of top quality products, educational opportunities and one-on-one guidance to woodworkers of all skill levels, call (800) 535-4482 or visit www.woodcraft.com. For more information about Woodcraft franchise opportunities, visit www.woodcraftfranchise.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.