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05/11/2013 08:16 am ET Updated Jul 11, 2013

Made In Michigan: Hand-crafted Furniture | The Detroit News

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The smell of lacquer wafts through the air inside Alan Kaniarz' large, dusty workshop at the Russell Industrial Center as workers assemble cabinets and National Public Radio plays in the background.

On a large work table near the back of the shop rests a chaise lounge made of Baltic birch plywood, but one glance at it and it's clear it isn't a conventional chaise. With its round curves and elegant shape, it gives the illusion of bent wood, making it as much an art piece as it is furniture.

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