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Next IWF, WCA training, magazine writing and more

Tod Riggio

Tod Riggio

This month, we take stock of recent news, writing opportunities at your favorite magazine, and set the record straight.

The IWF has announced the dates for its next show, Aug. 25-28, 2020, in Atlanta.

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America is organizing several Accredited Skill Evaluator training events over the next few months, including sessions at this summer’s AWFS Fair in Las Vegas. Other sessions are planned for Madison, Wisc., and Colorado Springs, Colo.

Accredited Skill Evaluators are a vital link of the WCA’s credentialing program. In most school woodworking programs, the ASE is also the instructor. An ASE is responsible for observing a person’s ability to perform a woodworking operation at a high enough caliber to earn tool points to fortify their woodworking credentials.

“The purpose of the training is for them to learn how to evaluate woodworkers using the WCA Skill Standards,” Scott Nelson, WCA president, said in a statement. “They learn to test if a student’s or professional woodworker’s performance measures up to accepted industry standards in terms of set up, safety, part quality, etc.”

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Slower growth predicted

Annual growth in the national market for home improvement and repair is expected to slow considerably by the end of the year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

The LIRA projects that gains in renovation and repair spending to owner-occupied homes in the U.S. will shrink from 7.5 percent in 2018 to 5.1 percent in 2019.

“Slowing house price appreciation, flat home sales activity, and rising mortgage interest rates are deflating owners’ interest in making major investments in home improvements this year,” Chris Herbert, the center’s managing director, said in a statement.

“Continued slowdowns in homebuilding, sales of building materials, and remodeling permits all point to a more challenging environment for home remodeling in 2019.”

Writers welcome

Woodshop News is always interested in adding new voices to inform our audience. We have openings in our editorial calendar for Finishing and Pro Shop column submissions.

We’ll consider proposals on Finishing topics related to processes and techniques. Pro Shop proposals should focus on business topics, such as marketing, managing employees, workflow, capital investments and growth strategies.

Proposals should include a brief outline of the main points and the qualifications of the author. We can help with the writing and will only consider previously unpublished proposals.

I must add that you will not get rich writing for Woodshop News. However, it is a paying gig, enough to have wine with dinner or make a small tool purchase. Please think more about the value of establishing your expertise and building a brand as possible benefits.

E-mail proposals to


An incorrect date was given for Bruce Simpson’s passing on Page 36 in the February Woodshop News. He passed away in May of 2012.

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