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Utopia Needs Woodworkers, for Fox TV Reality Show

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/01/2014 4:47PM

Woodworkers could land a role in building a brave new world. FOX TV is launching a reality television show, “UTOPIA," and issued a casting call for woodworkers, builders, and architects among other skills.


Kickstarting Wood Business: How They Did It

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/28/2014 11:52AM

Woodworking businesses are turning to crowdfunding - finding money online to launch a new wood product. At Cabinets & Closets Expo we'll tell how they did it, with real-life case studies.


Top Wood Worker Academy Award Winner: 12 Years a Slave

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/03/2014 3:06PM

In the powerful personal saga, '12 Years a Slave,' 19th century practices in saw mills, woodworking and carpentry are revealed along the road to a much larger story.


4 AXYZ On-Demand Furniture Printing Technology

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/26/2014 11:10AM

3D printing of real wood furniture is in the offing, says 4 AXYZ, a start-up that has developed a proprietary process for producing high quality, real-wood products formed from solid wood.




Mass Customized Cabinetry Will Challenge Custom Cabinetmakers

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/21/2014 9:14AM

Large cabinet manufacturers retooled in the downturn. At KBIS 2014 they showed designers how they manufacture from automated order intake, speed turnaround, build in LED lighting, and size cabinets in 1/4-inch increments to fill the space "just so." Can custom shops compete?


Great Idea - Free Tech Training & Associate Degrees in Tennessee

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/10/2014 7:54AM

A proposal for free technical training and community college is a great idea. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's proposal last week addresses a key issue for today's workers: too much education, not enough job-relevant training.


Construction Job Growth Shows Housing Leading Recovery

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/09/2014 10:21AM

Construction jobs spiked in January, explaining strong attendance at the 2014 Builders and KBIS Shows. A Feb. 7 report shows 48,000 jobs were created in residential building last month. These cabinetry, flooring, hardware and millwork items from the show reflect that recovery.


The Garbers Never Thought Cabinets Would Be So Meaningful

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/07/2014 10:52AM

“When we were newlyweds eight years ago, we could never have had an upfront and candid discussion about custom or stock-manufactured cabinets,” couple reports to The Onion.


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