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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?


Live at Xylexpo: Why Trade Shows Prove Their Worth

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

It’s only been a few hours, but already at Xylexpo I’ve been introduced to new technology for panel processing, finishing and rough mill operations. In this one venue are located hundreds of experts with solutions for optimizing the production—and productivity — of any operation in your plant.




Unlearning Pessimism as Building Improves

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/04/2010 12:00AM

As the market improves, it may take some re-education for us to step away from years of pessimism about the housing market. 


Could You Build Cabinets for an Upside-Down House?

By Michaelle Bradford Posted: 05/02/2010 12:00AM

Daniel Czapiewski, a designer, built this crazy upside-down home in Syzmbark, Poland.


Sales of Wood Products Creeping Up from the Basement

By Karen Koenig Posted: 04/29/2010 12:00AM

Everyone knows how bad 2009 was for the housing market, and the woodworking industry’s close relationship with that market meant tanked sales for many secondary wood products manufacturers. While the results of a new study to be released this summer by Vance Publishing, Virginia Tech and the USDA Forest Service highlight the validity of that statement, there is some positive news to be gleaned.


End of the Line for the 'Pride' of Waverly?

By Rich Christianson Posted: 04/28/2010 12:00AM

Mill's Pride 1990: “If seeing is believing, then I believe I have recently seen one of, if not the most, impressive manufacturing start-ups in North American woodworking history.”


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