Woodworking Techniques and Advice
If you regularly work with exotic hardwoods such as rosewoods and ebonies and have developed persistent skin-rash sensitivities, help might be on the way. For two years, I received injections of a compound extracted from the dust of dozens of exotic and domestic hardwoods in a treatment called low dose allergen therapy and am now mostly free of allergic reactions to these woods.
When you are asked to design a kitchen, do you simply load up the design software and start drawing? You can, but if you want a good design there are some preliminary tasks that must be completed first. Just like you wouldn't start building cabinets without a set of shop drawings, design work requires the accumulation of certain information before the design process can begin. This is what's known as assessing the needs of your client.
Have you worked with African cherry lately? How about tulipwood, Brazilian rosewood or Parana pine? All of these, plus kauri, Honduras mahogany and African mahogany have at some time found themselves on the endangered list of one of the preservation organizations.
The chestnut tree is gone, we've lost most of our elm, ash and many of our butternut trees, and now we stand to lose our walnut trees as well.
Today's kitchen is the hub of the home, a shrine to the latest trends in construction and technology.
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