Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look

Resolution on SawStop is just around the corner

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00

todmug_newTime flies. It’s been 11 years since the SawStop safety device for table saws was introduced at IWF 2000 in Atlanta. And after 11 years we’re still debating whether a device that can prevent serious injury is proven technology, and whether our free market system should let consumers decide if they want a saw with this technology or if it should be mandated by the government.



WoodLINKS president charts a new course

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 October 2011 00:00

jennifer-_mugPatrick Molzahn took over as president of the WoodLINKS USA board of directors in July during the AWFS fair. The director of the cabinetmaking and millwork program at Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin says he will focus on enhancing the national visibility of the industry educational organization throughout his three-year term.



We open a new chapter with Active Interest Media

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 19 September 2011 00:00

todmug_newWell, a lot’s happened in the month or so since you received your last issue of Woodshop News. I’ll try to help you catch up.



Disasters take their toll on many craft artists

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 01 August 2011 00:00

todmug_newA poor economy and the slow recovery have been a burden to many in the woodworking industry. But national disasters have also taken an unprecedented toll this year on the craft artist community.



The housing recovery: waiting and wondering

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 18 July 2011 00:00

todmug_newIt’s not an original answer, but it’s one I’m comfortable giving whenever anyone asks about the economic recovery of the woodworking industry. “When the housing market improves, things will finally pick up,” I say and, before pressed for details, I exit stage left like a comedian who gets an unexpected big laugh. “Thanks. You’ve been wonderful. Try the veal and tip your waiter.”



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