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By Rich Christianson | Updated: 09/09/2011 11:05:00 AM
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.
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 09/02/2011 1:52:00 PM
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.
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 08/28/2011 12:00:00 AM
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.
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 08/21/2011 12:00:00 AM
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.
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 08/14/2011 12:00:00 AM
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."
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 08/07/2011 12:00:00 AM
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?