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Because we're aging in place and emptying our nest, my wife and I need new furniture, cabinets, and floors. This is what it's like to buy it now.
There’s been a fair amount of press lately about how difficult it is to pass the craft of woodworking down to a younger generation. High school woodworking programs are being cut in the interest of saving money, and our high-tech society doesn’t lend itself to crafts like woodworking.
Check out Richie DeMarco's list of the top three trends from KBIS 2015.
Of all the hardwoods, I think poplar is the most misunderstood. It has traditionally been used on insignificant internal components of furniture as a secondary wood. A lot of folks get turned off by the green and brown streaks sometimes evident in the wood. But this can be overcome.
I received a phone call the other day from a gentleman in his 70’s. He went into a lengthy discussion about how technology has replaced craftsmanship. To paraphrase his comments, “When I was working in the shop, we cut to fit. We didn’t need a measuring tape.”