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More on Wood Products Employees, Employment, and Life

By Chuck Ray Posted: 07/27/2014 2:37PM

The first message to wood products companies looking to hire future superstars is, get out there and develop your own educational message, and compete for those young hearts and minds.


On Woodworking Education, Employee Loyalty and Life

By Chuck Ray Posted: 07/09/2014 12:49PM

I've spent a lot of time recently with companies that are trying to figure out this puzzling economy, and in some cases, how to deal with employee recruitment and retention issues. I think woodworking educator Dean Mattson offers an interesting spin to this dilemma.


Bill Maher and Mike Rowe Discuss What Dirty Jobs Mean to America

By Chuck Ray Posted: 06/18/2014 2:24PM

Why can't we get more kids to be woodworkers, mechanics and other types of skilled tradesmen? Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs, tells the Daily Show's Bill Maher his theory in this funny but spot-on commentary.


When a Tree Speaks

By Chuck Ray Posted: 06/04/2014 7:20PM

Here's a very eerie recording indeed. Sounds like this ash was suffering through an attack of the Emerald Ash Borer just before it was harvested.




Great Designs in Wood - The Stradivarius Violin

By Chuck Ray Posted: 05/11/2014 7:41PM

What makes good enough for a Stradivarius violin?


Great Designs in Wood - Jefferson's Monticello

By Chuck Ray Posted: 05/04/2014 1:41PM

Each room in Thomas Jefferson's home holds delight in woodworking or mechanical comforts unique for its time. And to think that this great American treasure was lost as Mr. Jefferson's fortunes slid into massive debt.


Looking Back, Living in a Wooden Future

By Chuck Ray Posted: 04/19/2014 1:38PM

The lodge has an interesting architectural feature called a reciprocal frame roof created by overlapping three or more members supported initially by a center pole, which is then removed after the overlapped rafters are tied together at the top.


China's Ghost Cities & Mystery of the World's Biggest Building

By Chuck Ray Posted: 04/13/2014 11:27AM

It's been a couple of years since we initially looked at the "ghost cities" of China. At that time, there was a feeling that the development just couldn't go on forever. Well, maybe not forever, but it has continued at least this long.


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