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Historic design in the ‘Marble Palace’

Written by Jennifer Hicks Friday, 06 February 2009 00:00

In a time when the nation’s economy couldn’t get much worse, the opening of a museum featuring immaculate woodworking restoration would seem unlikely. But the Richard H. Driehaus Museum of Chicago recently opened after the home’s furnishings and interior were meticulously restored.

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Dip in homeowner remodeling continues

Thursday, 05 February 2009 16:13

The weak economy and uncertainty in housing markets remain key hurdles for remodeling activity, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. The Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) points to homeowner improvement spending declining at an annual rate of 12 percent by the second quarter of 2009.

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Furniture Society heads to Boone, N.C.

Written by Jennifer Hicks Wednesday, 04 February 2009 21:57

The Furniture Society’s 2009 annual conference will be held June 10-13 at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. This year’s theme, “Industrious: The Design, Craft & Commerce of Furniture Making,” is intended to connect the diverse history of furniture making.

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Career switch pays for Harvard engineer

Written by Mike Ward Wednesday, 04 February 2009 21:18

For artisans who specialize in building exquisite, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces by hand, the event amounts to an Academy Awards of craftsmanship in New England. It’s an annual competition that attracts more than 250 skilled craftsman from around the country, each vying for the best-of-show award.

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Bosch plans to buy parts of Freud Group

Wednesday, 04 February 2009 21:05

Mergers and acquisitions are commonplace in today’s business world, and the woodworking industry is not immune to such actions. Bosch Power Tools announced in December the planned acquisition of parts of the Freud Group, including four Freud manufacturing sites in Italy, as well as sales companies in North America, China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

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