Two of the most viewed wood industry reports this week centered on the 2012 International Woodworking Fair IWF Atlanta. First, there was a change in the ownership structure of IWF announced during the annual suppliers Wood Industry Conference last week.

Second came the news of the woodworking products nominated for Challengers Awards. A total of 80 products from 62 companies have been entered (we originally reported 79, then IWF 2012 found one more entry that was overlooked - Kings Mountain International, mykmi.)

Recipients of the Challengers Awards will be announced at the IWF Atlanta show, running Aug. 22-25. WoodworkingNetwork will publish the official digital publication preview of the entrants, on June 15.

Rising above all the other stories this week for "most viewed" was a forested fantasia under development in Milan. 


Vertical Forest Rises High in Milan
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/02/2012 6:28:00 AM
A high rise forest is under construction in Milan in a pair of apartment towers at Bosco Verticale, the tallest of which is 27 stories
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IWF Atlanta Woodworking Show Buyout
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/02/2012 11:19:00 AM

Wood machinery trade groups WMIA and WMMA, part owners of the International Woodworking Fair, jointly bought out partner American Home Furnishings Alliance's interest in the IWF trade show. WMMA and WMIA will now own and operate the show independently. Read more

Updated: 80 Woodworking Products Aim for IWF Challengers Awards
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 05/08/2012 9:53:00 AM
Eighty products from 62 companies have been entered for the 2012 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Awards competition.
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Pricey Wood Purse is $2,700
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/06/2012 10:11:00 PM
An ultra-modern rendition of its iconic wooden clutch uses aged Stingray and ash.New York-based luxury accessories brand Devi Kroell presents an
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Lacey Act Amendments

Lacey Act Battle Heats Up on the Hill
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 05/09/2012 1:03:00 PM
A Congressional subcommittee heard arguments yesterday for and against changes to the Lacey Act by wood industry leaders, government agency officials and musicians. Read more


Woodworkers Beware: OSHA's Blame and Shame Game
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 05/05/2012 4:10:00 PM
An OSHA press release on $147,000 in fines against New England Wood Pellet, admonished "the employer's failure to effectively minimize and address clearly recognized hazards that could kill or disable workers in a catastrophic incident." Over the top? The pellet maker says yes. Read more

 Wellborn Cabinet Design Trends KBIS 2012

Video: What's Hot in Cabinet Designs
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 05/08/2012 8:39:00 AM
Wellborn Cabinet designer Karen Salyer discusses the latest color and design trends for today's kitchen cabinets. These insights were presented during the 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, held recently in Chicago.
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 Armstrong Cabinet Products

Armstrong’s Countdown to Cabinet Construction
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 05/03/2012 1:04:00 PM
Lean manufacturing, quality control and service drive Armstrong’s success as one of the nation’s leading cabinet manufacturers.
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Edgebander Mistakes: Three Common Gluepot Errors
Extend the life and maintain profitable performance by periodically cleaning out the glue pot and gently scraping the residue. Read more


KI Furniture Plant Expansion Progresses
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/04/2012 3:50:00 PM
KI says construction is proceeding on a $3.3 million expansion project for its Green Bay commercial furniture and case goods manufacturing facility.
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By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/03/2012 8:28:00 PM online market for custom woodworkers and other custom craft professionals, says Google Ventures and Schooner provided $4 million round of financing. Read more


By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/04/2012 3:50:00 PM
KI says construction is proceeding on a $3.3 million expansion project for its Green Bay commercial furniture and case goods manufacturing facility.
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