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E-letter: Who’s the boss?

The first day of school in B.C. was greeted with an all-too-familiar threat. The children would be held hostage to the demands of a public-sector labour union. I propose it is time to take a sober look at what these unions mean, how they arrived where they are and what they hold for us in the future. Clearly, a topic of that weight would require … [Read More...]

Elias aged-look cabinetry

Aged-look cabinetry

Four new aging techniques by Elias Woodwork can give kitchen cabinetry almost any kind of aged but elegant look. With Rub-Through, some corners and edges are sanded before and after the staining/painting process. The technique creates a slightly old to heavily used look. Antiquing involves more aggressive sanding on corners (before and after … [Read More...]

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Andex Kitchens and Custom Woodworking

Chris Moura talks so passionately, proudly and astutely about how he has built his kitchen cabinetry and custom woodworking business, you would never know that he never really intended to get into the … Read More

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QTK Fine Cabinetry

Building cabinets is building a brand   Passion resonates in Daniel Toto’s voice, and in his steel-grey eyes. The passion, you discover, is for the family business and making it a bit more s … Read More

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ISPA Store Fixtures

Customization+automation—motivation Producing a store fixture is no easy thing. Clients need something that is unique, eye-catching, sturdy, and replaceable within a year or two. The store-fixture b … Read More


WHAT’S BEING SAID

  • E-letter: Who's the boss?Dane Floyd" Great piece on Unions. I have been asking these same questions for decades here in... " Oct 15, 1:12 PM
  • E-letter: Who's the boss?Eric Garbara" I Have children that had been affected by the teachers strike in BC and I... " Oct 14, 6:11 PM
  • A password a day keeps you awayKerry Knudsen" Thanks, Michel, The question is, what can we do about it? The next thing you... " Oct 07, 10:04 PM
  • A password a day keeps you awayMichel Marquis" Dear Kerry, Your editorial in the September / October issue was probably your best in... " Oct 07, 3:11 PM
  • Industry gets socialJoseph Helou" Thank you very much for sending to me your WOOD Industry magazine through internet. This... " Aug 27, 3:44 PM




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Custom versus custom

It is rather like standing at an unmarked crossroad in the middle of nowhere and trying to determine whether both roads lead to the same place, whether they go off in entirely different directions or whether one road ends abruptly at a precipice. When it comes to the future of fine wood craftsmanship design and production versus computer-designed and CNC-machined pieces, it seems they are two paths destined, for the most part, to continue their separate ways. But they’ll also continue crossing.  … Read More

Jul-Aug 2014 Wood Industry cover

BOLD market opportunity: U.S. and beyond

Canadian secondary wood manufacturers have been squeezed in recent years. While demand from construction has been booming, importers from China and elsewhere have crowded much of the marketplace. The rising Canadian dollar, the U.S. housing bubble, limited international trade, and even inter-provincial trade barriers have often forced Canadian producers to keep their target markets local. But much of that is now changing, and Canadian wood shops can only benefit from these bold new … Read More

May Jun2014 Wood Industry cover

Can’t find help? Look at home.

New labour prospects could be hoping for a second chance ... and living next door Canada’s wood industry is in desperate need of skilled workers, and has been for a long time. Jim is a skilled worker looking for work in Canada’s wood industry. He is trained, loves working with wood, and would love nothing more than to do it for a living. But nobody will hire Jim. It’s not because he’s too old. It’s not because he’s a bad worker. It’s because he’s living in a halfway house and has a criminal re … Read More

Humidity only affects everything...

What is your relevant humidity?

It is March of 2002. The place is a dock in New Delhi, India, where a container of high-end, Canadian-manufactured kitchen cabinets has been waiting for a month to clear customs and be delivered. The ambient temperature in the sun approaches 50 C. The relative humidity is over 90 percent. Inside the steel boxes … it’s anybody’s guess. There is no need to guess, however, at the state of the product on delivery. The joints were swelled, the finish was cracked, the boxes were twisted and the shipm … Read More