Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look

CMA study gives a glimpse at how shops are evolving

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 18 February 2013 00:00

todmug_newWe used to ask our profile subjects, as a matter of practice, about their most indispensable tool. The answers ranged from a card scraper or router to a CNC machine and Woodshop News (shameless plug, I know, but I really like my paycheck). My other favorite answer was involvement with a guild or association. Of course, membership isn’t a physical tool used in the shop, but the benefits of networking with your peers, educational opportunities and the band of brotherhood shouldn’t be overlooked.



Simple steps can lead to great opportunities

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

jennifer-_mugThe Providence Fine Furnishings Show has proven to be a pretty reliable marketing platform for custom furniture makers throughout the Northeast, boosting sales for custom shops and opening doors for those with larger plans.



A burgeoning friendship and a better bottom line

Written by John English Monday, 17 December 2012 00:00

john_englishIn tough economic times, a little creativity can really help a small shop pay the bills. One way to do that is to seek out new customers who can use our skills and equipment in creative ways. For the last year or so, our shop in rural South Dakota has been collaborating with nationally acclaimed jewelry maker Anna Achtziger to create unique turned vessels that she designs, we turn and then she beads. The entire process has been rewarding on so many levels: it’s good for business, it’s a fabulous creative outlet, the learning curve has been exhilarating and we’ve gained a talented and unbelievably creative friend.



Your talent can open doors to new revenue streams

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 19 November 2012 00:00

todmug_newThis month’s cover story is about Carmana Designs, a Philadelphia cabinet shop that, according to co-owner Carmen Vona, has kept its doors open through the recession by having a second income from rental properties.



Two is better than one when seeing IWF 2012

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

todmug_newSeeing all that IWF 2012 in Atlanta has to offer is a challenge. While it’s possible to walk the show floor in a single day, the strategy doesn’t allow for much meaningful interaction with exhibitors. It’s like going to Disneyland and skipping the rides.



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