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Help on Wheels: Lowe's Robots Scan Screws, Find a Match

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 10/28/2014 10:15PM

Lowe’s Innovation Labs introduces retail service robots to help customers navigate stores and match screws, tools, and other parts. The bilingual automatons know where everything in the store is.


Robust Construction Projected by Architecture Billings Index

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 10/26/2014 11:27AM

Heightened demand for condo and apartment design services in September 2014 signals robust construction industry growth - a boon for the wood manufacturing industry. The Architectural Billing Index expanded in all regions and sectors.


Desktop 3D Wood Carver a Hit with Investors on Kickstarter

Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 10/23/2014 10:24AM

A 3D desktop wood carver, created by Chicago-based Inventables, blew past its $50,000 Kickstarter goal on the first day. With less than a month to go approximately $338,831 has been pledged so far.


BG Furniture Receives $750,000 Investment from Grenville Royalty

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 10/21/2014 10:08AM

Grenville Strategic Royalty has contracted with BG Furniture for share of its gross revenues in exchange for $750,000 in financing.




Massuni, Customizeable Furniture Makers, Tap Internet for Funding

By Alex Keown Posted: 10/17/2014 10:37PM

Massuni, a manufacturer of customized furniture, launched a crowdfunding campaign to complete development of new technology and an online interface that allows users to design custom furniture.


Home Improvement and Remodeling Growth Is Slowing

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 10/16/2014 9:53AM

The slow pace of recovery in the housing construction market is a drag on growth in remodeling, too, according to figures from the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity from the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.


Trending: Can 50,000 Year Old Wood Still Be Workable?

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/12/2014 7:20AM

Trending reports include one on massive primordial kauri logs pulled for Wisconsin furniture maker Ancientwood from New Zealand bogs. Yielding 50,000 year old lumber, the wood is both workable, and beautiful. Answers to your questions include pricing, and availability.


LED Lighting Grabs Attention of Nobel Prize Committee

Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 10/10/2014 1:47PM

The inventors of the LED lighting, which is now so prevalent in closet systems and kitchen cabinetry were rewarded for their efforts with a 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics.


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