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Woodworkers: Take Advantage of These Canada-Based Events

By Rich Christianson Posted: 07/06/2012 11:00AM

The brand new Wood Tech Summit in Vancouver this October and the tried-and-true Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo (WMS) in Toronto next October are focused squarely on helping North American woodworkers improve their productivity, quality and ultimately their bottom lines


Arauco: New King of the Wood Composite Panel Hill

By Rich Christianson Posted: 06/22/2012 12:09PM

Never heard of Arauco? That's about to change as the Chilean forestry company is on the verge of becoming the largest manufacturer of particleboard and MDF in North America by virtue of its pending buy-out of Flakeboard.


Psst… NeoCon’s Not Going Away, Pass It Down

By Rich Christianson Posted: 06/15/2012 1:18PM

I've seen a lot of speeches at industry meetings, but none quite like the one this week in which the president of Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. spent his 10 minutes assuring office furniture makers that NeoCon was the victim of "outrageous rumors" and nothing more.


Wooden LED Light Bulb: What a Bright Idea

By Rich Christianson Posted: 06/08/2012 11:04AM

A wonderfully whimsical wooden light bulb designed by artist Ryosuke Fukusada combines traditional woodworking techniques and LED technology.




Ashley Furniture Never Lost Sight of Made in America

By Rich Christianson Posted: 06/01/2012 12:45PM

The tiny hamlet of Arcadia, WI, has birthed the nation's largest furniture manufacturer and retailer. Talk about a great American success story.


Canadian Housing Industry Seeing Double Digits

By Rich Christianson Posted: 05/18/2012 12:41PM

Led by Quebec's titanic 57% increase, Canadian housing starts surged 14% in April compared to 2.6% in the United States.


Housing Market Gains: Something to Cheer About

By Rich Christianson Posted: 05/11/2012 11:13AM

If you feel that your woodworking business is not doing better today than it was a year ago, you might want to check your pulse. While you may not be alone, you are decidedly in the minority.


Woodworkers Beware: OSHA's Blame and Shame Game

By Rich Christianson Posted: 05/05/2012 4:10PM

OSHA's recent press release announcing $147,000 in fines against New England Wood Pellet, also admonished "the employer's failure to effectively minimize and address clearly recognized hazards that could kill or disable workers in a catastrophic incident." Was that over the top? The pellet maker thinks so.


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