Wood chips are converted to diesel fuel through KiOR's proprietary process, among a growing number of apporaches used by biofuel developers.
Wood chips are converted to diesel fuel through KiOR's proprietary process, among a growing number of apporaches used by biofuel developers.

Among the most viewed stories last week was a plea to woodworkers from the Power Tool Institute to oppose rules that prescribe a specific technology for preventing amputations.

The lumber report from Hardwood Review suggesting maple lumber will stay in demand, and with supplies short, it will be pricey.

Also topping the news: Crawford Furniture is closing the plant it just reopened, adding ominously it "hopes" to reopen  operations.

And an overwhelming response met the University of Georgia announcement that researchers developed a super yeast that turns pine wood chips into ethanol. This tough yeast thrives on turpentine and pine tar, converting biomass to ethanol, ready for the gas tank. 

 Pine-Yeast-Biofuel

Super Yeast Turns Pine to Car Fuel

Updated: 11/19/2011 10:07:00 AM
Pine wood pretreated with heat and chemicals can be converted to ethanol using a super yeast, says researchers at the University of Georgia.
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Lumber pricing and sales

Maple Lumber May Stay Pricey

By Andy Johnson | Updated: 11/17/2011 11:29:00 AM
North American hardwood lumber markets are nearing relative stability after a rough year of faltering sales and rapid price declines.
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Table Saw Makers Seek Woodworkers' Help on  Safety Rule

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 11/22/2011 12:10:00 PM
The Power Tool Institute (PTI) has launched a PR campaign urging woodworkers to join it in opposing the SawStop from becoming a required safety feature for table saws.
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 Crawford Furniture of Jamestown 

Crawford Furniture to Close Plant

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 11/21/2011 10:20:00 AM
Crawford Furniture, plans to shut down its recently reopened Jamestown, NY, plant for at least two weeks beginning Feb. 9, 2012.
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 SierraPine Rocklin MDF mill

SierraPine to Lay Off 51 at MDF Mill

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 11/19/2011 12:17:00 PM
ROSEVILLE, CA -- SierraPine plans to shut down one of its two MDF production lines at its Rocklin, CA, mill on Dec. 15, resulting in the layoffs of 51 workers.
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U.S. Fixture Firms Gain as Retailers Plan for Export

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/18/2011 1:23:00 PM
U.S. retailers, expecting big growth offshore, still say they plan to source displays from North American woodworking and fixture firms.
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U.S. Furniture Industry Rebound: Who Will Do the Work?

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 11/18/2011 12:32:00 PM
A Tale of Two Studies: One identifies U.S. furniture manufacturing as poised to benefit from rising costs in China; a second says U.S. manufacturing growth is seriously hampered by skilled worker shortage. Read more

Sino-Forest Board Disputes Fraud Claims

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/17/2011 10:24:00 AM
China-based forestry and flooring manufacturer Sino-Forest, says it found no evidence of fraud after it an internal study conducted by it board. In September analyst Muddy Waters called the firm a "Ponzi scheme."
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Millwork Legend OB Williams Turns 122

By Cindy Baccetti | Updated: 11/17/2011 4:07:00 PM
From the Depression of 1929 to the recession of 2008 and beyond, Seattle's historic woodworking firm OB Williams recounts its history spanning President Benjamin Harrison to historic Benaroya Hall, and its strategy, as it approaches a quasquicentennial year with optimism and hope

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