DAYTON, TN - Nooga Wood Custom Furniture owner Matt Campbell says he received a $5,000 state grant to support his work.

The grant was awarded under the Individual Artist Fellowship grants by the Tennessee Arts Commission, as an investment in his work. Campbell applied in February, and announced it at his Facebook page today.

Campbell told his local news channel that his three-year-old company has doubled its sales each year since 2009, so he as added an apprentice craftsman, Bryan College graduate Justus Stout. His company makes custom furniture on a commission basis, while building some items on spec.

Campbell saws he plans to added SawStop technology, which incorporates a brake that activates if the blade detects flesh. It stops the blade to avoid amputations.

"Instead of amputating yourself, you come away with just a small cut," Campbell told Nooga.com. "It's expensive, which is why I just haven't bought one yet."

Table saw safety measures are a hot topic within the woodworking and wood manufacturing field, with attention focused most recently on a table saw safety measure in California's General Assembly. Home Depot, Lowe's and Sears have joined with portable power tool makers, the California Chamber of Commerce and other state business groups to fight against passage of California's table saw safety rule.

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