AWFS Review

From July 22–25, the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas was the “go to” event for woodworking industry professionals to find cutting-edge solutions to make their businesses leaner, meaner, more productive, and more profitable. New this year was the AWFS® Fair Stage an educational and entertaining destination located on the show floor. Attendees saw a series of mini-presentations from

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From The Floor Coverings 2014

If you didn’t get a chance to get to COVERINGS 2014 last week, you missed out on a great show. While attendance seemed a little off, (maybe we’re all getting a little tired of the monthly pilgrimage to Vegas), the sentiment I got from most exhibitors was, “overall, a good show.” Even though the cast

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In With the New

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome the two newest members of the NueMedia team. First is Mary-Carel Verden who will assume the post of Content Manager. Mary-Carel comes to us on a stroke of luck. She has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor and photographer. But these are just

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Learning from the Next Generation

One of the events I really enjoy at AWFS is the student competition. It is truly inspiring to see young talent as it develops. The work of Jacob Wozniak, this year’s winner of the WorldSkills Cabinetmaking Qualifying Trial, reminds us that passion for craftsmanship is alive and well in the next generation. All of us

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More Good News

Last week we discussed anticipated trends for the rest of the year resulting from the activities and buying trends we saw at AWFS, as well as the slight uptick in the building industry for new homes in June. July has brought us even more good news. On July 15th the AWI (Architectural Woodwork Institute) released

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AWFS – Action & Information Packed

Welcome to July. We’re just weeks away from the 2013 AWFS Fair. Before you know it, exhibitors and attendees will assemble in Las Vegas for four action-packed days filled with new products and innovations. What can you expect to see? How can you stay up to date on all the latest from the show? We’ve

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Incremental, Not Monumental

The past several years have not been easy for woodworking, finishing, and countertop professionals. In fact, it’s been downright gloomy. However, last year, a layer of dark clouds seemed to lift. According to the US Census Bureau, the home building market in 2012 increased 40% over the previous year. Low interest rates and pent up

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eMedia – Not All Media is Created Equal

Last week we discussed the pending doom surrounding traditional media, as well as some challenges you face when entering the age of digital media. This week I’ll talk about the difference between active and passive media, as well as identify some traditional media in each of these categories. This sets the stage for understanding the

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Traveling the World of Cabinets and Countertops – Week 7

Week 7 was actually not a travel week. However, even office weeks are travel weeks these days. So, I hopped in the car for a day trip to Minneapolis, MN to visit with the agency for Wilsonart International. The Ralph Wilson Plastics Company began as a producer of high pressure decorative laminate in 1956 in

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Traveling the World of Cabinets and Countertops – Week 2

My second week began in New York with a “paper day” on Monday. There’s no end to the paperless paperwork in a small eMedia business. Tuesday it was off to New England for a visit at KCD Software in South Yarmouth, Mass., an award-winning manufacturer of custom software designed to facilitate woodworkers, designers, builders and

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