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Wood Industry Meets the Wages of Success

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/06/2013 11:02AM

Architectural woodwork and wood products business face the same employment challenges as other markets, but we may be outgamed by other players.


My Woodshop Education: A Pine Toolbox

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/23/2013 5:48PM

A pine toolbox design circa 1750, with plans adapted by teacher Neil Scher, was my second effort. Routers, jig saw and clamps were involved.


Staying Afloat in Wooden Boats: Noah's Arks

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/06/2013 11:01AM

Arks: wood projects that helped businesses stay above water during the downturn.


How To Find Woodworkers? Try Woodwork Career Alliance

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/29/2013 10:32AM

The wood industry worker supply chain is tightly linked. Woodworkers in furniture and cabinetry factories often move to custom woodshops or remodelers, and back again. So all wood production segments need to work together to assure we've got the pipeline full.




Recovery Brings New Challenge: Worker Shortage

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/25/2013 10:04AM

As the accelerating recovery in home building and remodeling fires up wood products factories, managers are bumping into a shortage of available employees, and uncertainty on health care costs for new hires.


Chrysler Mahogany & Ash Woodie

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/20/2013 2:01PM

A mahogany and ash clad Chrysler reminds me why I've loved cars since my days pumping gas for 29 cents a gallon at the corner Sinclair station.


Wood Technology Innovations Seen for Ligna, Interzum 2013

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/15/2013 9:49AM

Innovative wood manufacturing technology news is flowing in at a quickening pace as the industry gears up for Ligna and Interzum - the big global shows for technology and supply held in Germany in May.


Wood Products Council, Hiring To Push Large-Scale Wood Building

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/06/2013 5:51PM

WoodWorks, a wood construction promotional effort by the Wood Products Council, makes the case for large-scale wood construction with road shows, Wood Design Awards, resources for mass-timber building.


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