Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look

Obamacare looms large on every shop’s horizon

Written by John English Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00

john_englishAt this point, it’s still difficult to tell how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect woodshop employees and owners. One thing is for sure: a couple of years from now, the law is going to look a whole lot differently than it currently does. That was true for the rollout of Social Security in 1935. It took almost 40 years to get that program to the point where most American workers were covered. It was also true of Medicare and Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and most other nationwide social programs. It takes a while to work out the kinks.

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Have you had your woodworking ephiphany?

Written by David Getts Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

21_davidgetts_01Anagnorisis is a moment in a play or other production when a character makes a critical discovery. In the Greek context, this experiential uncovering is applied both to the person’s true identity and the true nature of their situation or what they stand for. It is most famously explored in the story of Oedipus, when he realized that he was both his father’s murderer and his mother’s lover. In modern vernacular, we would describe this moment as an epiphany, a revelation of sorts when all the puzzle pieces in a person’s life seem to come together in one moment of time giving the receiver a clear direction on something that pertains to their life.

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Two recent rulings stir up some controversy

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00

todmug_newIn this issue, Christopher Hoffman uncovers the country’s “confusing quilt of VOC rules and jurisdictions” and suggests a national standard isn’t far behind. While our great bureaucracy contemplates, the EPA has proposed two rules aimed at “protecting the public from the risks associated with exposure to formaldehyde.”

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An even more uncertain future is on the horizon

Written by John English Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

john_englishCloning is a frightening concept. The first thought one has is of human cloning, which is currently in debate over ethical concerns related to reproduction and also embryonic stem cell issues. For woodworkers, cloning trees rather than humans is a lot less complicated.

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Sifting through some journalistic sawdust

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

With the AWFS fair over and done, it’s time to empty my reporter’s notebook of a few recent news items:

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