Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look

Homegrown products boost green movement

Tuesday, 30 December 2008 19:42

For the last year or so, we’ve received several invitations to attend green building seminars. Since we had plans to write about the trend, senior writer Brian Caldwell attended the Wood Products Manufacturers Association annual conference in Portland, Maine, which featured a “Green 101” presentation. Representatives of Scientific Certification Systems, the WoodNet Market Council and the National Network of Forest Practitioners explained the certification process, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, and how woodworking companies might profit from their involvement. We were ready to take the bait but, based on the information presented, it was hard to fathom how a small shop would profit from the ‘green movement.’



Some new additions better Woodshop News

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 16:54

This has been a crazy and proud month for me. First, I’d like share the news that my son, William Thomas Riggio, was born at 12:05 a.m. Oct. 3. As a first-time father, I’m learning that sleep is now a thing of the past and babies, unlike tools, don’t come with an instruction manual. But, oh my, is he an absolute delight to sit and hold in the middle of the night.



Local hardware stores thrive on familiarity

Written by Brian Caldwell Tuesday, 04 November 2008 16:25

While attending IWF 2008 in Atlanta in late August, I spent the first day visiting more than two dozen hardware booths, speaking with product managers about what new products were hitting the U.S. market (“The innovation continues”, page 38). I saw all types of easy-open drawers and doors, various LED lighting options, elaborate storage systems for large closets and garages, a drop-down oven at the push of a button, and a host of other items that went way beyond your basic drawer slides, guides, pulls and knobs.



IWF comes and goes, earning strong reviews

Friday, 03 October 2008 20:12

Well, I survived another IWF. And it looks like the woodworking industry did, too.



Mentor’s influence can’t be underestimated

Monday, 29 September 2008 18:35

As a woodworker, you’re probably familiar with the role of a mentor, defined in Webster’s New World College Dictionary as a wise, loyal advisor and teacher or coach. Your mentor may have been your father, shop teacher or first employer; the person who taught you the fundamentals, offered encouragement, or imparted some invaluable lesson as you struggled with a particular technique or business philosophy.



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