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How Much for World's Most Expensive Cedar-Wood Pencil?

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/17/2014 7:32AM

Legendary pencil and pen manufacturer Faber-Castell ups the ante with its Perfect Pencil, a cedar-wood pencil featuring a platinum clasp, replaceable erasers and a sharpener atop. But the price is another matter.


Logs Sell Online as Alibaba Goes Public

By Bill Esler Posted: 09/19/2014 7:37AM

Online sales of skids of shrink-wrapped timber, and turns of saw logs will carry a higher profile now, as Alibaba begins trading today on the New York Stock Exchange. It's ticker symbol is BABA.


How Adhesives Come Into Play at IWF 2014

By Bill Esler Posted: 09/05/2014 4:12PM

The critical role of adhesives in the evolution of secondary wood manufacturing was everywhere in evidence at the 2014 International Woodworking Fair.


Woodworking Labor Shortage Solution? Try Capital Investment

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/22/2014 9:46PM

Woodworking job seeker web traffic is slowing. But the work is at hand, delivery dates loom, and the bustling economy has a "use by" freshness date that will pass in a couple years. The solution: more technology.




Wooden Train that Could: Thomas the Train Aims for U.S. Expansion

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/20/2014 12:37PM

Wooden toys - Lincoln Logs, Tootsie Toys, building blocks, puzzles - may be an overlooked wood production niche. Opportunities in the segment will grow as Mattel expands U.S. sales of Thomas the Train. Any chance of a U.S. manufacturer?


Conestoga Wood Specialties Strategy May Work Against It

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/01/2014 8:34AM

Conestoga Wood Specialties owners received a favorable ruling in the Supreme Court, alleviating a threat of punishing fines on the health care front. But it could injure the firm's wood components business in the long run.


China Won Better U.S.Lumber Deals: Stanley Furniture Confessional

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/27/2014 7:54AM

Reshoring wood furniture manufacturing to the United States is challenged by higher lumber pricing. Stanley Furniture, closing its Robbinsville, NC furniture factory, says China's big buyers got better deals on U.S. wood and veneer.


Bailey Dalton: Portrait of a Furniture Maker

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/22/2014 10:00AM

NeoCon 2014 in Chicago witnessed a workspace sea change. Custom interior woodworking managers could hear the business case for how adaptive office furnishings help wring productivity from talented next-generation workers.


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