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‘Housing Is Not a Fad’ nor Are Wood Products

By Rich Christianson Posted: 09/09/2011 11:05AM

The combination of population growth, first-time home buyers, pent-up demand, the desire of some for a second residence and the retirement of aging homes deemed beyond remodeling will help contribute to the next building boom.

Gibson Guitar Raid Stirs Media Hornet's Nest

By Rich Christianson Posted: 09/02/2011 1:52PM

The Internet is abuzz with dozens upon dozens of news stories and commentaries about the legendary guitar maker's second run-in with armed agents of the DOJ in the past two years.

Lacey Act Strikes Sour Note with Gibson Guitar

By Rich Christianson Posted: 08/28/2011 12:00AM

The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service seems intent on making the famed guitar maker the high-profile example of its efforts to enforce the Lacey Act as amended in 2008 to encompass illegally sourced wood.

Canada's Largest Woodworking Show is Closer Than You Think

By Rich Christianson Posted: 08/21/2011 12:00AM

Toronto, host city of the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo, is a shorter drive or flight for many U.S. woodworkers. The biennial show's exhibitor base includes many internationally well-known brands.

Overzealous OSHA Costs Woodworker 'Time and Money'

By Rich Christianson Posted: 08/14/2011 12:00AM

Last week's blog -- Is Your Woodworking Shop OSHA Safe? -- struck a chord with some readers and hit a nerve with others. For example, a custom woodworker based in the Southwest noted, "The economy is so fragile right now the last thing many employers need to be spending their resources on is frivolous OSHA claims."

Is Your Woodworking Plant OSHA Safe?

By Rich Christianson Posted: 08/07/2011 12:00AM

I shake my head every time I see an OSHA press release in which a wood products firm has been cited for serious, repeat and/or willful safety and health violations. Are managers of these plants that callous or is OSHA simply overzealous?

Closet Design Certification Has Arrived

By Rich Christianson Posted: 08/05/2011 12:00AM

The Association of Closet and Storage Professionals seeks to propel storage design to a new level with its new three-tiered certification program.

The Great Berkline Furniture Train Wreck

By Rich Christianson Posted: 05/01/2011 12:00AM

Fall-out from the abrupt closing of Berkline Furniture continues to mount. Already facing three class action lawsuits related to putting 500 people out of work, a U.S. court just took the extreme measure of ordering the seizure of 16 containers loaded with the company's furniture in response to the shipper's complaint that it is owed $193,000.

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