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By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/01/2012 6:04:00 PM
What is it about smelling like wood that smells good to people? Another wood aroma hits the streets.
By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/21/2012 11:00:00 AM
A lot of discussion centers around how to accelerate economic growth. But as one exec puts it, the greatest stimulus is certainty.
By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/18/2012 11:33:00 AM
Woodshops, furniture factories and cabinetry business should compare notes with other manufacturers, especially in worker training and education. We can learn from them.
Analysis and opinion Bill Esler | Updated: 11/07/2012 12:07:00 AM
Building and construction markets are already in recovery, and the post-Sandy reconstruction plans are starting. How will Obama's election impact the cabinetry, furniture and other wood manufacturing segments? We could win, with a reational industrial policy.
By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/05/2012 6:00:00 PM
IKEA ready-to-assemble storage cabinets are plain as they come. Do-it-yourselfers are dressing them up, bulding them in and adding crown mouldings, mirrored doors and fancy paint jobs to make them look good.
By Bill Esler | Updated: 10/23/2012 3:04:00 PM
Finding woodworkers with job-winning skills is the challenge of the day. It's impeding wood crafting businesses, and all markets.
By Bill Esler | Updated: 10/05/2012 10:00:00 AM
Wood products sold to consumers, from bamboo iPad cases to "free from" harmful chemicals, to "biodegradable" or "made with recycled content" all must be backed by hard evidence if the phrases are used in marketing.