Judson Beaumont, owner of Straight Line Designs, Inc. and a one-of-a-kind designer and fabricator of custom wood products, will keynote Wood Tech Summit 2012.

Judson Beaumont will share experiences creating unique furniture and installation pieces, and lessons gleaned in more than 25 years of operating a his own business, and why he emphasizes a team approach.

"I'll share stories of breaking the rules and following my love of working with wood, all with a bit of humour," Beaumont says.


Beaumont is  committed to providing quality workmanship, "which in this day and age of disposability can be a rarity," he says. His work and designs incorporate a sense of uniqueness, proving that anything is possible, and that ideas are limitless - important for any business that wants to tap imagination and find new product possibilities.

Straight Line Designs has been operating out of Vancouver, BC  since 1985. In addition to installations, sculptures and private commissions, designer Judson Beaumont and his staff of eight full-time craftspeople have designed and constructed a variety of custom-built furniture and projects for public institutions and children's exhibitions throughout North America and abroad.

Focused on quality and custom design, Judson’s studio stays far away from mass production. Beaumont plans for Straight Line is to continue strengthening its ability to creatively design and build more inspiring environments for hospitals, airports, day care centers, play areas, and clients’ homes.

Registration is open for Wood Tech Summit, a management level conference for North American woodworking professionals, Oct. 22-23, 2012, at the University of British Columbia’s Robson Square campus in downtown Vancouver.

Wood Tech Summit represents the latest collaboration between the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) at UBC and Woodworking Network. The two-day event will feature three comprehensive full-day conferences — Wood Finishing, Plant Productivity and Business Development. The event will also feature a Networking Reception on the evening of Monday, Oct. 22, including tabletop displays by leading industry suppliers.

Highlights of 2012 Wood Tech Summit include:

In addition to Beaumont's keynote, Wood tech Summit will include:

• Finishing & Business Development presentations by Bernie Bottens, contributing finishing expert for Woodworking Network and Custom Woodworking Business magazine;

• Finishing Conference presentation by Denis Staples, president of Deslaurier Custom Cabinets, whose successful rebuild of the shop he co-owns after a devastating fire is featured in the book, That’ll Never Work, Business Lessons From Successful Canadian Entrepreneurs;

• Plant Productivity presentation on North America’s first fully automated lights out wood products manufacturing operation;

• Plus, Finishing R&D, Green Marketing, Drumming Up Business with Social Media, 21st Century Prototyping and Integrating CAD/CAM with CNC Machining.

Register and learn more about Wood Tech Summit, including confirmed presentations, at WoodTechSummit.com.

For more information about attending the Wood Tech Summit or exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, contact: Iain Macdonald, Managing Director, Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at 604-822-1472, e-mail [email protected]; or Rich Christianson, Vance Communications, 847-415-8024, e-mail [email protected].

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