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Mixed results at Providence furniture show

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 12 December 2011 00:00

08_news_deskOptimistic exhibitors showed off their handcrafted furniture and other wares Oct. 21-23 at the 17th annual Fine Furnishings and Fine Crafts Show at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Show director Karla Little says that while attendance was down from previous years, the show had the same number of exhibitors — about 100 — as in 2010.

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Woodworker nabs cameo on Animal Planet

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 12 December 2011 00:00

10_news_desk_1Eric Saperstein is using television as a way of drawing national attention to his custom woodworking business, Artisans of the Valley, in Pennington, N.J. The company builds reproductions and eclectic custom designs. In September, Saperstein’s furniture was featured on the new Animal Planet show “Tanked.”

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Lacey Act at core of Gibson probe

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 12 December 2011 00:00

The Gibson Guitar Corp. issued a statement in August stating that government officials had raided its manufacturing facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., and seized several pallets of wood, guitars and electronic files. The announcement led to an uproar in the woodworking and lumber supply industries as to the federal government’s enforcement of the Lacey Act, which bans the use of illegally harvested timber.

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Furniture Society names new president

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00

10_news_deskAlf Sharp, a custom furniture maker in Woodbury, Tenn., is the newly elected Furniture Society president. The studio furniture group is a national organization committed to promoting the art of furniture making and design. Reflecting back on how he was welcomed, educated and inspired when he first joined the group in the late 1990s, Sharp says he wants to give that same treatment to other artisans.

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WMMA launches lobbying program

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00

12_news_deskThe Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers Association recently implemented its new Patriot Award program as an incentive for its members to demonstrate to their local representative how legislative and regulatory issues will directly impact jobs, revenues and economic development at their plants.

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