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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.


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.


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