Limewood Models Life-like Forms in Shadow Box Sculptures

  Working in limewood, Italy's Peter Demetz carves realisitic protraits of average people, scaled down to shadow-box size. He comes from a long line of sculptors whose talents had mostly been applied to liturgical art. After studying at the Ortisei Art Institute, Italian-born wood sculptor Peter Demetz was an apprentice to Master Heinrich Demetz, consequently obtaining the Sculpture master degree. Ever since, he has participated in numerous exhibitions in both Italy and abroad (Austria, Germany, United States, Belgium, Turkey). Since 1999 and for the following three years, he studied pedagogy, didactics, psychology of learning and development. Since 2001 he's been dictating courses and seminars on wood carving. From 2002 to 2006 he was Head Teacher for the Art Sculpture Course at the Lignea University of Zwickau in Germany, as well as the Schneeberg's Faculty of Applied Arts and the Daetz-Centrum in Lichtenstein. From 2007 to 2010, he achieved major awards in art contests such as "III Trienale Ladina", the "Arciere Award" and the "XVIII Sulmona Prize " placing himself among the most interesting sculptors in today's art His art has been strongly supported by the Swarovski's Design Center, Wattens, the LKJ-Sachsen Leipzig and Daetz-Centrum in Lichtenstein. Demetz installations push within a frame of the everyday life, they talk about the simple gestures. The subjects are caught in very singular poses, the men, often bald, strong an big as for the artist these features depict masculinity. The women are accurately represented to the finest detail, accessories, hair and clothing which show a strong femininity. Yet both men and women must be very average people, with no specific characteristics that show their age or their social status in order to let the observer focus on the being per se, their essence, their soul. Often caught from behind, the author “steals” in a snapshot his desire to preserve his intimacy. No eye contact is ever established with the observer, as if these figures were trapped in their own world, where they seem to be aware of being observed, and where the space is facing the observer. Demetz' works express a strong sense of soul searching where the subjects are caught in very intimate moments, a slice of life from where they show the true nature of existence.

LED Finish Curing Tunnel Added at Architectural Moulding Plant

At the beginning of 2014 Makor has successfully installed a high technology finishing plant for architectural mouldings at the company BERGENE HOLM in Norway. The main request from BERGENE HOLM was to have a universal and high performance line in terms of compatibility with various types of profiles (indoor, outdoor, narrow, wide, etc.), very high production speed and low down time for set-up and maintenance. UV LED Curing Tunnel The installation included the implementation of a drying tunnel that utilizes UV LED curing technology from Phoseon Technology. The tunnel includes five of Phoseon’s FireJet™ FJ200 air-cooled UV LED light sources with peak irradiance of 8W/cm2. The tunnel is used for drying various types of profiles and includes a multiplicity of advantages for the user. The most significant advantages ofUV LED curing include: 1) Reduction of heat over the coated substrate (this is very crucial especially on wood). 2) Low power consumption and reduced energy costs. 3) Process stability: the duration of the light sources offer up to 20,000 working hours at steady performance. About the Coating Line The line regularly produces up to 30 profiles per minute 4.2 m. long, a goal never achieved before. Significant configuration was done for each machine to make it all work efficiently. The coating cycle of the line consists of two coats of paint for indoor profiles (UV100% + WB) and one coat (WB) for profiles for outdoor use. The spraying and sanding machines provided are the most evolved in the market today in terms of sturdiness, ease of use, continuity of production and low maintenance. Makor is proud to have been able to meet the expectations of the company BERGENE HOLM, confirming its technological leadership more in more in the worldwide profile coating. About Makor Makor Group organizational structure has three divisions: Profile, Quadrum (Picture Frame), and Panel. Highly specialized engineers work to design machinery of the highest performance standards. Profile: specialized in finishing machinery and plants for mouldings in general. Quadrum: offers any kind of finishing solutions for picture frame manufacturers. Panel: specialized in finishing machinery and plants for panels and panel edges. For more information visit: www.makor.it/ Bergene Holm AS is the leading manufactorer of wood building materials in Norway, with a history that goes more than 60 years back. Around 1 million m3 of timber is sawn and planed every year through the 10 productions facilities owned by Bergene Holm AS. Turnover is around 1,3 billion NOK and the market share in Norway is + 25 %. Our products are mainly sold B2B to the large retailers in the Norwegian market. 20 % of our products are sold on the export market.
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Custom Wine Storage Cellar Creates a Buzz

Kessick Wine Cellars, located in Greenville, SC, submitted this custom wine storage cellar in the 2014 Top Shelf Design Awards. Features include maple solid stock wood, maple plywood, black lacquer finish and LED Lighting. A family-owned company started in 2004, Kessick designs and manufactures wine cabinets four lines of wine cellar and wine storage cabinetry: Estate, Reserve, Contemporary and Select Series and ships to wholesale dealers across the US and internationally. Now in its 8th year, the 2014 contest, which honors the best in home organization and storage design will accept entries until January 31. Enter at woodworkingnetwork.com/topshelf. Submission fee is $45. Winners, selected by a panel of industry experts, will be featured in Closets magazine and also at a special awards ceremony, which will be held during the 2014 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, NJ, April 9-11. Check cabinetsandclosetsexpo.com for details. Visit the Top Shelf Gallery and vote for your favorite project for People's Choice. CATEGORIES: Garage: under 600 square feet; Garage: over 600 square feet Home Office: less than 150 square feet; Home Office: more than 150 square feet Closet: Laminate less than 18 linear feet; Laminate more than 18 linear feet; Closet: Wood less than 18 linear feet; Closet: Wood more than 18 linear feet; Closet: Wire less than 18 linear feet; Closet: Wire more than 18 linear feet; Closet: Reach in Specialty: (craft, pantry, wine, laundry, mudroom) Deadline: January 31 Fee: $45 Visit woodworkingnetwork.com/woodworker-awards/closets-top-shelf to view luxury closet photos, past contest winners of the Top Shelf Design Awards and to see dream closet pictures.

Forecast 2014: Wood Industry Watch List

  WoodworkingNetwork coverage of the wood manufacturing industry in 2013 was exciting - from hardware and technology innovations, to new forms of panel and laminates - as well as major business trends, it made it easy for us to put together the most highly viewed content among media covering the secondary wood manufacturing industries.  Our series of reports on the top stories of the 2013 have also been highly read this past week. Now what about the next 12 months? The robustly growing U.S. economy portends a healthy expansion in wood industries, underpinned by strong business in new homebuilding, and continued improvement in the home remodeling sector. Multiple wood products manufacturing sectors -including doors, windows, floors, cabinetry, furnishings, and wood components - are reliant on  home building and remodeling businesses. As housing flourishes, the overall economy will as well, driving additional sectors: business and commercial furniture, architectural woodwork, and industrial wood products like railroad ties and telephone poles. The connection between wood manufacturing overall and the housing market in particular, is illustrated in the 2014 Wood Industry Almanac - which shows how housing-related sectors fit into the industry overall. Among these is residential furniture, driven by housing and overall consumer confidence. Furniture producers led the expansion in December 2013 of the manufacturing sector, which itself has grown for seven month running. The latest analysis from Smith Leonard showed October 2013 furniture orders  at $1.948 billion, 5% higher than the year prior, with order backlogs up a healthy 11%, at $2.1 billion. "If we can keep this momentum going," says Ken Smith at furniture analysts Smith Leonard, "we should see even more positive results. Year-to-date furniture shipments at $19.177 billion are 5% ahead of 2012. Consumer confidence, in turn, is driven by jobs, and the latest numbers show improvement on the employment front as well. (The highly tafficked Job Board at WoodworkingNetwork brings this down to wood industry level. More than 400 positions are advertised at any given time, with cabinet maker jobs in Tulsa, Minneapolis, and in Waterford, MI heading today's list. Much of the reporting at WoodworkingNetwork technology and design trends  will trackHere's a forecast of some of the big stories and trends we'll be tracking for 2014: Production Wood Manufacturing Ashley Furniture opens largest U.S. residential furniture plant LED lighting fabricated into mass-produced kitchen cabinetry More states ban LEED High-rise wood buildings Window plant reopenings Ultra thin real stone laminates Fierce competition for wood fiber at panel & wood pellet fuel firms Lumber pricing shocks   Custom Wood Manufacturing Decline of face-frame cabinetry Impacts of Obamacare on  woodworkers 3D image capture for interior spaces Global outsourced CAD/CAM drafting E-commerce for custom woodshops 3D printed wood components Business and institutional architectural woodwork growth Universal Design and other trends in cabinets and home storage Live-edge lumber design trends for tables, drawers and countertops