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The Woodbook: A Must-Have Reference

By Bill Esler Posted: 11/14/2013 10:23PM

The Woodbook reproduces an illustrated encyclopedia of wood species, American Woods, a 14-volume reference culled and assembled by Romeyn Beck Hough. It has been reissued by Taschen.


Wood Barrels and U.S. Wood Craft Celebrated by Balvenie Whiskey

By Bill Esler Posted: 11/09/2013 12:45PM

Welsh distiller Balvenie celebrates American white oak, European oak, along with roles for cherry and elm, in its barrel making, required for Scotch whiskey making. The private firm also documented work by U.S. wood crafters.


Architectural Woodworkers Tackle Big Issues

By Bill Esler Posted: 11/05/2013 12:04PM

At the AWI Orlando convention, architectural woodworkers learned about topics such as formaldehyde, lumber dumping and adhesive show-through.


Rough Around the Edges: Under-finished Wood Catches On

By Bill Esler Posted: 11/03/2013 9:09AM

Rustic wood surfaces with natural edges form an undercurrent in products that let the natural origins show through. When consumer catalogs identify 'FSC-certified' you know buying habits are changing.




How Woodworkers May Benefit from Federal Healthcare

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/27/2013 12:58PM

The Affordable Healthcare program had taken a battering in its first few weeks. But for woodworking companies and woodwork entrepreneurs, this could really work out.


Affordable Healthcare for Woodworking Businesses

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/20/2013 12:58PM

The Affordable Healthcare program, Obamacare, got off to a rocky start on technical and political levels. Woodworking companies may benefit from the fixes being made now when insurance exchanges specifically for small business open November 1 - a month late.


Architectural Woodworkers Doing More, and Faster

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/14/2013 11:52AM

Architectural woodworkers, working more with mixed materials, find no room for error once projects head to installation. Computerization, from bids through production and delivery, is critical, AWI conventioneers were told.


Walnut Box, Zebra Wood Inlay Redeems Breaking Bad TV Show

By Bill Esler Posted: 09/30/2013 11:52PM

A woodshop teachers challenge to Jesse in Breaking Bad was a redeeming element for one unsavory character. Jesse recalls four attempts to build a better box of Peruvian walnut inlaid with Zebra wood.


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