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News for Retail Fixture Firms: Shoppers Flee Brick+Mortar Stores

By Bill Esler Posted: 08/13/2014 11:22AM

Retail store fixture makers and commercial architectural interior businesses face another challenge: online shopping is cutting into foot traffic in stores. Because of this consumer behavior shift, economic recovery may not lift all boats.


Woodworking Collectives Let Small Shops Compete on Scale

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/27/2014 10:18AM

WorkOf, a furniture and wood craft marketing collective in Brooklyn, is the latest example of groups springing up around the U.S., often nurtured by public or cooperative woodshops. The groups often share tools and machinery, and market together.


WoodshopTampa Kickstarter Funding Campaign Didn't Work

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/24/2014 10:00PM

o open a woodshop for the public, Bill McCreary planned to raise $250,000. His goal was to find a space and fill it with saws, power tools, laser cutter, workbenches and other shop basics, then charge the public a membership fee to use it.


Retiring Boomers Spark Home Building & Remodeling Boom

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/15/2014 12:24PM

Retiring baby boomers are planning where and how to live during their golden years, in many cases opting for new home construction or heavy duty remodeling - promising business opportunities for the woodworking industries.




Who Made Hitler's Desk?

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/06/2014 12:53PM

Hitlers desk - one of his desks - was recently rediscovered in a Berlin storeroom where it had been held since 2000. Before that it served anonymously in a rest home for U.S. veterans. But who made it?


Why I'm Optimistic About Woodworking Education

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/28/2014 7:40AM

Wood manufacturing businesses small and large are recovering. And so is the pipeline to deliver job-ready workers to woodshops and woodworking factories.


What's on the Mind of the Woodworker? Cooking!

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/22/2014 4:33PM

Research into how woodworkers see the world reveals some surprises. If a woodworker won the lottery? 55% would invest the money in their business. Favorite past time? Woodworking (duh) and then cooking! So, burgers on a board.


It's Only a Paper Floor, But You'd Believe It's Real -Wood Planks

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/23/2014 7:05AM

Fake wood laminate flooring - a trompe l'oeil using decoupage faux bois - reflects the level of skill that one crafty consumer has attained. Builder's paper, Minwax and upholstery tacks create the effect.


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