Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look

Industry grassroots efforts are paying off

Written by Tod Riggio Tuesday, 22 September 2009 17:26

It certainly appears that WoodLINKS USA is succeeding in its efforts to strengthen woodworking education. National director Mark Smith offered these encouraging words in the program's September newsletter:

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Change happens fast, but you can rely on us

Written by Tod Riggio Thursday, 27 August 2009 00:00

It's been an interesting, hectic four weeks. I suppose any time you pack your bags, say goodbye to your 10-month-old son and spend six days in Las Vegas covering the 2009 AWFS Vegas fair, you're not having a "normal" month. Toss in a major home renovation and the challenge of producing a magazine in a condensed time frame and perhaps you have a better idea of what I'm talking about.

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At AWFS, some hope for better days ahead

Written by Tod Riggio Tuesday, 28 July 2009 19:15

If you're a betting man, Las Vegas must be heaven. You're greeted by slot machines when you step out of the hotel elevator, gaming tables that are open 24/7, and sports books that offer such obscure action as which team will score the first free throw in the second half.

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A master of wood with a heart of gold

Friday, 26 June 2009 17:33

Sam Maloof passed away May 21 at the age of 93. In March 2005, I was fortunate to spend a day with Sam, his wife Beverly, co-workers Larry White, Mike Johnson and David Wade, and business manager Roz Bock for a Woodshop News profile. By now, everything that could possibly be said about Sam and his incredible woodworking career has been written time and time again. As a furniture maker and shop owner, Sam was in a league of his own.

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Trade shows are still vital workplace tools

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 01 June 2009 17:53

With the AWFS fair in Las Vegas on the horizon, the value of attending trade shows has been a hot topic recently. While the number of exhibitors is down at this year’s AWFS (please see story on Page 6), all trade shows — including IWF in Atlanta, TSI Expos and WoodWorks Shows — remain an important resource for shops of all sizes.

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