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Butternut Air Jordans: $10,000 Asked, But Nobody's Bidding

By Bill Esler | Updated: May 26, 2015 - 4:03 PM

A pair of basketball shoes carved from butternut wood, and modeled after Air Jordan I's is beingauctioned at eBay - with $10,000 the asking price. So far no bids have come in, the the shoes do have a nice back story.

Scott Wunder

How Do We Get Big Lumber Boards from Cherry Trees?

By Scott Wunder | Updated: May 25, 2015 - 8:18 PM

A customer asked, How do we get big boards from little cherry orchard trees? It isn't that type of cherry tree: It was an American Black Cherry, which grows tall in the forest, with tiny cherry clusters fit for the birds.


A U.S. Harp Genius Built a Factory Using Italy's Cabinet Masters

By Bill Esler | Updated: May 25, 2015 - 10:36 AM

The Chicago-born global master of harp manufacturing, Victor Salvi, died May 10, at age 95. In 1955, Salvi emigrated to his ancestral home, Italy, where he assembled a dozen cabinetmakers in Genoa, and began building harps commercially.

Bill Esler, Woodworking Network

Lumber Prices Head Upward Along With Homebuilding

By Bill Esler | Updated: May 24, 2015 - 4:15 PM

Prices for lumber futures contracts are beginning to rise, after drifting down for months. China's homebuilding contraction and a winter hiatus knocked down prices, but they should jump dramatically as U.S. homebuilding surges.

Bill Esler, Woodworking Network

Home Design & Remodel Projects Increasingly Start Out Digitally

By Bill Esler | Updated: May 24, 2015 - 10:12 AM

Remodeling projects, increasingly inspired by online resources, will link ever more closely to design preview software. As consumers pre-shop cabinetry, flooring and countertops online, a national homebuilder crowdsources model home interior choices.


Cookin' With Wood: Plank Steak and Cedar Wraps

By Bill Esler | Updated: May 23, 2015 - 9:07 AM

Lumber and veneer finds a greater purpose on holiday weekends - time to fire up the grill. But not just charcoal, this time - get the wood flavor right on to your plate with hickory, alder, cherry and other food0lovin' wood species.

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