Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look

Chairmaking challenge confounds and astounds

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 15 April 2013 00:00

todmug_newIf you work with designers — or have said never again — this should brighten your day.

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Mergers, commitments and a hope for new growth

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 18 February 2013 00:00

todmug_newA couple of news items to share as you begin your journey through this month’s issue: WoodLINKS USA is merging with the Woodwork Career Alliance (Page 10) and the 2013 AWFS has hooked the big fish (Page 57).

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CMA study gives a glimpse at how shops are evolving

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 18 February 2013 00:00

todmug_newWe used to ask our profile subjects, as a matter of practice, about their most indispensable tool. The answers ranged from a card scraper or router to a CNC machine and Woodshop News (shameless plug, I know, but I really like my paycheck). My other favorite answer was involvement with a guild or association. Of course, membership isn’t a physical tool used in the shop, but the benefits of networking with your peers, educational opportunities and the band of brotherhood shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Simple steps can lead to great opportunities

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

jennifer-_mugThe Providence Fine Furnishings Show has proven to be a pretty reliable marketing platform for custom furniture makers throughout the Northeast, boosting sales for custom shops and opening doors for those with larger plans.

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A burgeoning friendship and a better bottom line

Written by John English Monday, 17 December 2012 00:00

john_englishIn tough economic times, a little creativity can really help a small shop pay the bills. One way to do that is to seek out new customers who can use our skills and equipment in creative ways. For the last year or so, our shop in rural South Dakota has been collaborating with nationally acclaimed jewelry maker Anna Achtziger to create unique turned vessels that she designs, we turn and then she beads. The entire process has been rewarding on so many levels: it’s good for business, it’s a fabulous creative outlet, the learning curve has been exhilarating and we’ve gained a talented and unbelievably creative friend.

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