Professional Woodworkers Sharing Business Strategies

The process is as important as the finished product

Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

john_englishUsually, the longer we do something the better we get at it. But what happens when the thing that we do is custom, so by its nature it changes every time? How do we standardize the bidding process and the project management if every time the shop lights are turned we’re building something different?



Air-powered tools can have you breathing easily

Written by John English Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00

john_english“What an airhead!”



How to build a better relationship with architects

Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

baroneOne thing I hear all the time when I visit shops all over North America is, “Why don’t architects know how to build casework?” This is usually said while mulling over a drawing and scratching their head. Well, truth be told, architects can’t know everything about everything. In large architectural firms, you might very well have people that are specialists in various trades. But in smaller firms the architect or designer has a lot of hats to wear, so we need to cut them some slack.



Some helpful tools you sometimes overlook

Written by David Getts Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

21_davidgetts_01Where do you think most people search for answers on unfamiliar topics? Most likely, they turn to Google or other Internet-based searches. But how much of the information on the Internet can you trust? Like any source, you have to wade through the mass quantity of data in order to pick out what makes sense. Like a cow that’s learned to chew the cud and spit out the stubble, those who possess the skill of acquiring information know that everything readily available is not always accurate. Intelligent consumers looking to make a large purchase compile information to help in their decision-making process. And when that purchase requires a custom woodworker, you can become part of their reliable sourcing.



Hire the right candidate without any fuss

Written by Howard Scott Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

You have four people applying for a job. You’ve just finished the interviews. Or, rather, you spent most of the time telling them the company’s strengths and why they should want to work for you. Now you must decide which candidate to choose. But you have no notes in front of you and each individual seems a blur. In fact, you hate this part of the process and are thinking of deciding by pulling a name out of a hat.



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