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In Broholm's Norwood studio, as an example, is a beautiful golden piece of curly maple. "Some maples, due to stress, have striations," Broholm says. They look like careworn wrinkles or ripples within the bark. What did this tree see? More than 30 years after an interest in boat building caused him to fall in love with wood, Broholm remains inspired by the potential of wood and "the romance" of furniture making. On a lathe is a knotted, lumpy, sculptural burl of wood that he found during a stroll on an island off the coast of Maine. When finished, this piece of nature will be a beautiful salad bowl to be enjoyed for many years to come. Broholm's first job as a young furniture maker was for a couple building a house on the Cape. He filled the home with paneling, cup- boards, beds, furniture, and cabinetry. "Everyone wants a story; a story is a critical piece of an object," he says. "I don't have cookie-cutter clients, they don't want to walk into a big store and get what others can. Some people care about history or legacy; they're interested in prove- nance, and they want items around them that carry stories." In one part of his vast studio is a magnificent wooden arch with paneling that will flank the entrance to a South End brownstone that is being renovated by a developer. It is reminiscent of the astonishing wood-paneled dressing room that he created for a client on Boston's Marlborough Street. "He [the client] wanted the room to be like a jewel box, so I gave the wood a high-lacquer finish, created a leather seat [on the throne-like] chair, and silver plated all the hinges and pulls on drawers." It is little wonder that Broholm has pieces on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian, the Museum of Art at Smith College, and the Duxbury Art Complex. TO LEARN MORE, visit www.dalebroholm.com. A Craft Beer Maker Years ago, when Drew Brosseau's brother and his girlfriend visited him at college they couldn't sleep because of the bubbling sounds emanat- ing from a cupboard. It was the sound of beer brewing. The Founder and President of Plymouth's Mayflower Brewing Company laughs at the recollection. Brosseau grew up in Sonoma, California—wine country and also the birthplace of the New Albion Brewing Company, the first craft brewery in the United States. Inspired by the craft in college, Brosseau began brewing beer in a five-gallon 140 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 Dale Broholm Drew Brosseau P H O T O S B Y M A U R A W A Y M A N P H O T O G R A P H Y business "fall in love with wood"