Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look

Passing of legends marks calendar year

Written by Tod Riggio Tuesday, 27 October 2009 17:18

With summer behind us and the leaves still turning here in New England, perhaps it's a bit early to reflect on 2009. No question, it's been a bummer of a year in terms of the economy. While there are signs of a turnaround, it's not happening quickly enough for most of us in the woodworking community. So we continue to soldier on and survive as best we can, believing that 2010 will bring renewed prosperity.



Industry grassroots efforts are paying off

Written by Tod Riggio Tuesday, 22 September 2009 17:26

It certainly appears that WoodLINKS USA is succeeding in its efforts to strengthen woodworking education. National director Mark Smith offered these encouraging words in the program's September newsletter:



Change happens fast, but you can rely on us

Written by Tod Riggio Thursday, 27 August 2009 00:00

It's been an interesting, hectic four weeks. I suppose any time you pack your bags, say goodbye to your 10-month-old son and spend six days in Las Vegas covering the 2009 AWFS Vegas fair, you're not having a "normal" month. Toss in a major home renovation and the challenge of producing a magazine in a condensed time frame and perhaps you have a better idea of what I'm talking about.



At AWFS, some hope for better days ahead

Written by Tod Riggio Tuesday, 28 July 2009 19:15

If you're a betting man, Las Vegas must be heaven. You're greeted by slot machines when you step out of the hotel elevator, gaming tables that are open 24/7, and sports books that offer such obscure action as which team will score the first free throw in the second half.



A master of wood with a heart of gold

Friday, 26 June 2009 17:33

Sam Maloof passed away May 21 at the age of 93. In March 2005, I was fortunate to spend a day with Sam, his wife Beverly, co-workers Larry White, Mike Johnson and David Wade, and business manager Roz Bock for a Woodshop News profile. By now, everything that could possibly be said about Sam and his incredible woodworking career has been written time and time again. As a furniture maker and shop owner, Sam was in a league of his own.



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