Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look

Disasters take their toll on many craft artists

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 01 August 2011 00:00

todmug_newA poor economy and the slow recovery have been a burden to many in the woodworking industry. But national disasters have also taken an unprecedented toll this year on the craft artist community.

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The housing recovery: waiting and wondering

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 18 July 2011 00:00

todmug_newIt’s not an original answer, but it’s one I’m comfortable giving whenever anyone asks about the economic recovery of the woodworking industry. “When the housing market improves, things will finally pick up,” I say and, before pressed for details, I exit stage left like a comedian who gets an unexpected big laugh. “Thanks. You’ve been wonderful. Try the veal and tip your waiter.”

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Sketch out your detailed AWFS game plan ASAP

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 13 June 2011 00:00

todmug_newWhere else can you see a $6,000 toilet besides Las Vegas? Kohler introduced its mighty throne — which requires the use of a remote control — at the 2011 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. I didn’t get to try it, but I was assured that hands-free operation is possible.

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Report shows no quick fix for U.S. housing woes

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 16 May 2011 00:00

todmug_newAs President Barack Obama and House Republican leaders battle over spending cuts and ways to someday make a dent in the country's $14 trillion debt, recovery from the Great Recession continues at a pace that no one in the wood industry can be happy about. And while economic forecasts for 2011 begin with a bit of good news, they inevitably return to the theme that the crisis is far from over.

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Brian Caldwell 1954-2011

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 18 April 2011 00:00

todmug_newBrian Caldwell was my friend and colleague for nearly 20 years. We were a couple of sports fans who probably spent too many years covering high school teams for a group of Connecticut weeklies, long before either one of us had even heard of Woodshop News.

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