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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.




Wood Key in Architects Awards, But Little Credit for Woodworkers

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/02/2014 4:32PM

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2014 Honor Awards for excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design relied in a big way on wood - frequently reclaimed or finished in a natural textured fashion. But little credit is given to the millwork firms doing the work.


Remodeling for Renters: Is It For Real?

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/27/2014 11:38AM

As millions are priced out of home buying, renters and under-housed families could present a cabinetry, closet and home remodeling opportunity.


Custom Made Woodwork Kicks It Up a Notch at Bespoke Global

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/05/2014 9:00AM

Bespoke Global specializes in custom commissioned woodworking and other projects. Work shown at the UK-based site have bespoke options, with artisans vetted to ensure exceptional craftsmanship and superior materials.


Peter Korn on Furniture Craftsmanship, Why We Make Things

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/02/2014 8:30PM

At the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Peter Korn fulfills his mission with a passion. In "Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman," he tells the story.


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