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Public Furniture Project Report

By Harry W. Watt Posted: 03/01/2013 8:47PM

In the US there is a large public furniture market that uses wood, metal and plastic in schools and public buildings for furnishings. Since the 1960’s there has been a replacement of wood furnishings by metal and plastic furniture in classrooms and a reduction of wooden furniture and millwork in public buildings. This reduction of wood markets for furnishings and construction materials has reduced sales and profitability of wood shops capable of providing products for public furniture markets. Given the decline in housing markets since 2006, local wood shops should consider researching public furniture markets in order to maintain sales, profitability and employment of their workforce.


Market Opportunities for Small Wood Shops for Public Furniture

By Harry Watt Posted: 03/01/2013 4:11PM

US Forest Service and NC State University Research Study Project


Homag’s Pre-Ligna World View

By Jürgen Köppel Posted: 02/28/2013 3:00PM

HOMAG Group says the underlying movement toward greater individualization and automation is set to continue – both in the field of industrial batch size 1 production coupled with integral software solutions and greater availability, and also in the woodworking shop sector with optimized workflows, innovative warehousing and CNC technology.


The Art of Firewood Stacking

By Chuck Ray Posted: 01/25/2013 10:37AM

Feeling good about your own energy and stamina in splitting and piling all that wood for the winter. Well, don't get too impressed by your own firewood prowess until you consider these Herculean efforts.




SFI-Certified Wood Sets Stage for President Obama's Inauguration

By Kathy Abusow Posted: 01/18/2013 11:56AM

Sierra Pacific Industries, a family-owned company and the second-largest producer of lumber in the United States, provided the lumber for the inaugural platform from facilities in Washington state that are third-party certified to SFI’s standard.


Great Designs in Wood - The Kamppi Chapel of Silence

By Chuck Ray Posted: 01/16/2013 12:27PM

When it comes to unusual, and creative, uses of wood, you have to hand it to the Finns. It seems that their culture causes their mental juices to flow naturally to wood as a first solution for just about everything you can think of...and some that you never would. Such as a chapel of... silence.


Most Promising Wood Industry Story of 2012

By Chuck Ray Posted: 01/10/2013 12:56PM

Time magazine chose the "Great Housing Rebound of 2012" but I vote for the rising support for "forest restoration" and specifically, the story of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative in northern Arizona.


Lumber Grading: Same in China and the U.S.

By Mark Barford, CAE, Executive Director, NHLA Posted: 12/12/2012 2:10PM

It is remarkable to see a shipment of North American lumber arrive in China with an invoice specifying FAS or 1 common grade lumber and know that definition means the same thing on both continents.


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