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A U.S. Harp Genius Built a Factory Using Italy's Cabinet Masters

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/25/2015 10:36AM

The Chicago-born global master of harp manufacturing, Victor Salvi, died May 10, at age 95. In 1955, Salvi emigrated to his ancestral home, Italy, where he assembled a dozen cabinetmakers in Genoa, and began building harps commercially.


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.


Wood Industry 4.0: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

By Sepp Gmeiner and Georg Frey, Lignum Consulting Posted: 04/17/2015 9:52AM

Industry 4.0 will be the buzz at LIGNA 2015, drawn from European wood manufacturing and other industries. It is based on high-tech strategy of the German government to promote computerization on a much larger scale than is currently used.


CNC Router Checklist: Key Considerations Before Purchasing

By Tom Galzin Posted: 03/31/2015 5:04PM

Once you decided that a CNC router is in your future, how do you begin the process of narrowing down the choices to the right one for your business? Here are the factors to consider.


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