Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look

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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Your talent can open doors to new revenue streams

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 19 November 2012 00:00

todmug_newThis month’s cover story is about Carmana Designs, a Philadelphia cabinet shop that, according to co-owner Carmen Vona, has kept its doors open through the recession by having a second income from rental properties.

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Two is better than one when seeing IWF 2012

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

todmug_newSeeing all that IWF 2012 in Atlanta has to offer is a challenge. While it’s possible to walk the show floor in a single day, the strategy doesn’t allow for much meaningful interaction with exhibitors. It’s like going to Disneyland and skipping the rides.

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On-the-job lessons give us all a chance to learn

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 17 September 2012 00:00

todmug_newI’ve recently spent the better part of two weeks on a job site, namely my rental property, where I was joined by a parade of tradesmen.

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Don’t pick this year to skip IWF in Atlanta

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 20 August 2012 00:00

todmug_newI have my hotel room reserved and a plane ticket bought for Atlanta. How about you?

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