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Selling Al Capone's Gnarled Wood & Tree Root Chairs

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/18/2015 11:32AM

A pair of gnarled wood and tree root chairs from Al Capone's northern Wisconsin hideout is among items by be auctioned by Wright Chicago auctioneers, in conjunction with Blackman Cruz, a Los Angeles dealer.


Design-driven Woodworking Business, Enabled by Technology

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/17/2015 10:14AM

Closets companies and custom woodworkers who let their designs lead their marketing efforts will be the most successful. But, we learned at Cabinets & Closets 2015, you have to automate the production side.


Game of Thrones Furniture Trends from Westeros to Houzz

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/16/2015 5:54AM

Game of Thrones furniture designs could be trendsetters, though everything about it runs counter to current tastes. The baroque pieces, stained dark, suggest in Westeros there lived a vast class of turners, carvers and joiners well trained in classic carpentry.


Shade-grown Cocobolo: Cage-free, Organic, Gold-plated Wearables

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/03/2015 11:19AM

Woodcraft copywriters scored a great one with organically grown, cage-free Cocobolo wearables for an April Fool's day spoof. It deserves a look and a laugh if you missed it.




See Blade-stopping Bosch Safety Saw Piston Activate

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/20/2015 12:34PM

Bosch flesh-sensing table saw safety technology, available now on its $1,499 Reaxx job site tablesaw, is the first direct competitor for SawStop in this space. It spawned a lot of discussion after Woodworking Network's Ethan Abramson said, "It's the real deal."


Woodworker Scott McGlasson Figures Costs to Make Walnut Chair

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/05/2015 8:29PM

As he designs and build a walnut chair in his signature RB line for the 2015 Architectural Digest show, woodworker Scott McGlasson's costs for manufacture and marketing are profiled with unusual thoroughness by a daily newspaper.


How to Support the Woodwork Career Alliance in Style

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/01/2015 10:25AM

Buy a T-shirt and help fund the Woodwork Career Alliance wood industry education efforts. Post a selfie with the shirt with #WNLive included in the message, and win an iPad at a drawing during Cabinets & Closets Expo 2015.


The Bark Knight Saw Sculpture Brings Fame to This Woodworker

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/11/2015 4:41PM

Seattle-based custom woodworker Thomas Earing scores a social media marketing coup, operates Re-Evolving The Chizel, producing commissioned carvings and designs in stone and wood, as well as custom furniture.


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