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Lumber Prices Head Upward Along With Homebuilding

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/24/2015 4:15PM

Prices for lumber futures contracts are beginning to rise, after drifting down for months. China's homebuilding contraction and a winter hiatus knocked down prices, but they should jump dramatically as U.S. homebuilding surges.


Home Design & Remodel Projects Increasingly Start Out Digitally

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/24/2015 10:12AM

Remodeling projects, increasingly inspired by online resources, will link ever more closely to design preview software. As consumers pre-shop cabinetry, flooring and countertops online, a national homebuilder crowdsources model home interior choices.


Cookin' With Wood: Plank Steak and Cedar Wraps

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/23/2015 9:07AM

Lumber and veneer finds a greater purpose on holiday weekends - time to fire up the grill. But not just charcoal, this time - get the wood flavor right on to your plate with hickory, alder, cherry and other food0lovin' wood species.


Wood You Wear: Prada Glasses in Malabar Ebony and Black Walnut

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/22/2015 3:35PM

The Malabar ebony temples and massive black walnut frames on these Prada Raw sunglasses would be impossibly garish if made of plastic. Wood somehow mitigates the excesses of the design. And the price: a cool $450.




Could Norcraft Cabinetry Sale to FBHS Spur Shareholder Suits?

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 04/19/2015 7:33PM

The acquisition of Norcraft Companies, Inc. by MasterBrand parent Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. could be blocked by shareholder lawsuits. A law firm specializing in such actions says it is seeking litigants now.


All for the Want of a Trustworthy Adhesive: A Cautionary Tale

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/29/2015 9:50AM

The adhesive story of the decade is without a doubt that of Lumber Liquidators. The billion dollar flooring firm is suffering through the worst that the investment community has to offer, abetted by a tale too complex for the media to convey.


Brooklyn Woods Has Trained Over 700 in Cabinet Manufacturing

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 03/25/2015 10:46AM

Brooklyn Woods offers grant-funded cabinetry, furniture and casegoods manufacturing training, in a seven-week program for underemployed New Yorkers interested in joining the industry.


What To Do With Lumber Liquidators Flooring? Let It Off-gas

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/12/2015 5:48AM

Thousands of consumers are perplexed about with to do with their Lumber Liquidators laminate floors: tear them up? re-coat them? The best approach, experts say, is nothing at all or, if it's recently installed, open the windows.


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