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Blind Pursuit: Woodworker Perseveres Despite Sight Disability

By Karen Koenig Posted: 05/19/2010 12:00AM

Blind woodworker and power tools — it’s no oxymoron. Reading an article the other day about blind woodworker Armando Del Gabbo of Kingston, ON, made me realize the determination and passion people have for this industry and their willingness to overcome any obstacle to pursue it.


Air Bags on Skateboards?

By Gerald Finch Posted: 05/18/2010 12:00AM

As a woodworker and woodworking instructor for many years, I understand and appreciate the inherent dangers of operating woodworking machinery. Learning to operate machines safely is of upmost importance and I always made it a point to teach my students to take the proper precautions.


When Tigers Eat Loggers

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/15/2010 12:00AM

"Nine people have been killed by tigers in the Sumatran rainforest in the past two years, 'mostly illegal loggers,' according to news reports. Poetic justice?


Are You Taking Advantage of State and Local Business Incentives?

By Rich Christianson Posted: 05/13/2010 12:00AM

In recent weeks we have posted a handful of news items illustrating how some states and local economic development agencies are taking a proactive approach to help bring wood products businesses – and jobs – their way.




Holding Fast to Optimism

By Karen Koenig Posted: 05/12/2010 12:00AM

As someone who’s facing more than $50,000 in college tuitions next year (and that’s for public, in-state universities), I grab onto any indicators that the economy is improving. They’ve been slow, but they are arriving.


Sawmill Spawned Green Philanthropist

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/11/2010 12:00AM

David Gelbaum, the well-heeled investor and philanthropist, has been redirecting his wealth and investments into sustainable enterprises through Quercus Trust and 21Ventures. He once worked in a sawmill.


Will Subsidizing Woody Biomass Be 'Jobs Killer?'

By Rich Christianson Posted: 05/09/2010 12:00AM

Is the Obama Administration’s renewable energy policy secretly aimed at destroying the U.S. particleboard and MDF industry, with the added collateral damage to manufacturers of cabinets, furniture and other panel users?


A Picture Is Worth How Much?!

By Walt Denny Posted: 05/06/2010 12:00AM

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how valuable are great photos of your custom work as sales tools for your woodworking business?


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