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LIGNA 2013 U.S. Visitors Up; Software, Technology 'Evolution'

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/10/2013 11:05AM

As LIGNA 2013 drew to an end, show managers celebrated the percent of visitors from outside Germany, though attendance was flat at 90,000. Multi-tasking machinery was prevalent, and evolved versions of LIGNA 2011 breakthroughs permeated many systems on display.

Lightweight Panel Has Its Day at LIGNA 2013

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/10/2013 9:11AM

The addition of plastics to some forms of lightweight panel core is being enabled by technologies from BASF and EconCore.

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.

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