Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look

With progress, activism just isn’t what it used to be

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

todmug_newIt’s 18 years ago and I’m a former sportswriter showing up for the first day on the job at your favorite woodworking magazine. I’m immediately assigned stories dealing with environmentalists protesting clear cuts, rainforest destruction and the like.



It’ll be a jam-packed year centered around AWFS

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

todmug_newAfter a great holiday break — is there anything better than being a dad at Christmas with a six-year-old? — the staff at Woodshop News is rested and ready for what we hope will be a prosperous 2015 for all.



Stagnant wage growth continues to halt economy

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

todmug_newWhile reading through economic forecasts for 2015, the overwhelming consensus is quite positive. The stock market is flourishing, unemployment is down and the housing market recovery continues. All good news, especially if you’re already rich.



Standards are solid ground in today’s ever-shifting world

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

todmug_newEverybody’s got standards. Some are high and some are low. I knew a guy in college who didn’t appear to have any, but that’s beside the point.



Selling outsourcing? I’ll keep my day job

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

todmug_newThere’s a local woodworker with whom I’ve become friendly through the years. Let’s call him Ed. I stop by his shop occasionally to see what he’s up to and, more often than not, get some advice on one of my projects.



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