Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look

CMA survey shows optimism about 2014 revenue growth

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

todmug_newThe Cabinet Makers Association released the results of its latest industry benchmark survey, a 131-page report filled with pie charts and bar graphs. It’s a beaut, Clark, for those of you appreciate a funny line from the “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” movie.



Feedback shows shops still adapting to change

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 14 April 2014 00:00

todmug_newToday’s woodworker uses design software, shops online and considers the table saw to be one of their most important tools in the shop. We know this from a recent survey we conducted of our most loyal readers.



Ideas keep swirling through my mind

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

todmug_newAh, the joys of being a magazine editor. As I write this, it’s two days before our print deadline and a major snowstorm is forecast for the next day. If you’re reading this, we got the magazine to the printer in time, no doubt the result of my extraordinary leadership and steadiness at the helm. Oh yeah. Perhaps, and more likely, it was due to the efforts of our talented team and superior technology. If you’re not reading this — and how would you know? — we failed miserably and I’m looking for work.



Obamacare looms large on every shop’s horizon

Written by John English Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00

john_englishAt this point, it’s still difficult to tell how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect woodshop employees and owners. One thing is for sure: a couple of years from now, the law is going to look a whole lot differently than it currently does. That was true for the rollout of Social Security in 1935. It took almost 40 years to get that program to the point where most American workers were covered. It was also true of Medicare and Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and most other nationwide social programs. It takes a while to work out the kinks.



Have you had your woodworking ephiphany?

Written by David Getts Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

21_davidgetts_01Anagnorisis is a moment in a play or other production when a character makes a critical discovery. In the Greek context, this experiential uncovering is applied both to the person’s true identity and the true nature of their situation or what they stand for. It is most famously explored in the story of Oedipus, when he realized that he was both his father’s murderer and his mother’s lover. In modern vernacular, we would describe this moment as an epiphany, a revelation of sorts when all the puzzle pieces in a person’s life seem to come together in one moment of time giving the receiver a clear direction on something that pertains to their life.



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