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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.

Woodworking Industry News

High School woodworking instructor aligns his program to industry standards

Editor’s note: The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America issued a record 681 Sawblade Certificates to students enrolled in WCA EDUcation™ member programs during the first six months of 2022. To earn their Sawblade Certificate, students are evaluated on everything from reading a tape measure and basic layout through safely setting up and operating a table saw with successful results based on the WCA Skill Standards.

Canadian News

Canada pledges $115M to Ukraine from tariffs on Russian and Belarus plywood and more

OTTAWA, Ontario – Canada will transfer $115 million in tariff revenues collected on imports from Russia and Belarus to help Ukraine repair its power grid damaged in a barrage of Russian attacks. Canada revoked the Most-Favored-Nation (MFN) status for imports from Russia and Belarus on March 2 and imposed import tariffs of 35 percent on virtually all goods. Freeland’s office noted that the major sources of the tariff revenues were collected on plywood, fertilizer, nickel and tires. 

Woodworking Industry News

Video: Real American Hardwood Coalition launches 2023 promo campaign

The Real American Hardwood Coalition (RAHC) released a video previewing its plans to inspire and educate consumers through its multi-million promotion campaign. “2023 is our year to get America’s attention,” the video boasts. “The year, Real American Hardwood steals the spotlight.” The RAHC said its 2023 promotional campaign will focus on content integrations with home improvement programming and personalities amplified with paid social and digital support to drive home the message that American hardwoods are the “Naturally Authentic” choice.