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Construction Job Growth Shows Housing Leading Recovery

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/09/2014 10:21AM

Construction jobs spiked in January, explaining strong attendance at the 2014 Builders and KBIS Shows. A Feb. 7 report shows 48,000 jobs were created in residential building last month. These cabinetry, flooring, hardware and millwork items from the show reflect that recovery.


The Garbers Never Thought Cabinets Would Be So Meaningful

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/07/2014 10:52AM

“When we were newlyweds eight years ago, we could never have had an upfront and candid discussion about custom or stock-manufactured cabinets,” couple reports to The Onion.


Wood Key in Architects Awards, But Little Credit for Woodworkers

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/02/2014 4:32PM

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2014 Honor Awards for excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design relied in a big way on wood - frequently reclaimed or finished in a natural textured fashion. But little credit is given to the millwork firms doing the work.


Remodeling for Renters: Is It For Real?

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/27/2014 11:38AM

As millions are priced out of home buying, renters and under-housed families could present a cabinetry, closet and home remodeling opportunity.




Custom Made Woodwork Kicks It Up a Notch at Bespoke Global

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/05/2014 9:00AM

Bespoke Global specializes in custom commissioned woodworking and other projects. Work shown at the UK-based site have bespoke options, with artisans vetted to ensure exceptional craftsmanship and superior materials.


Peter Korn on Furniture Craftsmanship, Why We Make Things

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/02/2014 8:30PM

At the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Peter Korn fulfills his mission with a passion. In "Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman," he tells the story.


How Paul Downs Cabinetmakers Saved 19 Percent Under Obamacare

By Bill Esler Posted: 12/19/2013 9:00PM

Paul Downs Cabinetmakers has insured its 17-employee custom woodshop under the Affordable Care Act. A spreadsheet available free shows how he saves $13,932 with the program, paying a total $59,005 in premiums for 2014.


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.


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