July-August 2016 Wood Industry

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E-letter: Own the boots

I wonder if the business environment is actually any different than it ever is. Sure, we are threatened by imports, trade deals, dollar exchange, governmental regulations and fly-by-night operators. And, while it may seem that the pressures are more overwhelming than they were 30 years ago, I think if you checked the editorial pages from […]

Safety net thanks to you

There is no denying. Things are looking pretty good. Every shop we’ve heard from is busy and growing. The latest building permit and housing investment numbers out of the States are positive, and wood-products manufacturing in Canada is up over 10 percent over last year. However, one thing we seem to be lacking in Canada […]

E-letter: Fort McMurray down

Although the Fort McMurray fire is still burning, the threat to the city has been diminished and media and officials have been able to survey the damage. As of presstime, about 2,400 structures have been destroyed, most of which are residences. Each of these residences will need flooring, cabinetry, furniture and other functional items for […]

Emergency information for evacuees and pets

To speed recovery/reconstruction, Alberta Premier Rachel Motley has said that critical infrastructure has attempted to be protected including water bombing neighbourhoods, government buildings and saving hospitals and airport. Up to date information for evacuees and their pets can be found at the Alberta Government’s emergency website. Evacuees should register at an evacuation location or through […]

How to help Fort McMurray evacuees

Emergency information for evacuees and pets   Donate money: Donations to the Canadian Red Cross provide relief for those affected in the form of emergency food, clothing, shelter, personal services, and other necessities to help assist with recovery and resiliency. Canadians wishing to make a donation are encouraged to make a financial donation to the […]

E-letter: Post-customer matrix

One thing about getting older – you just don’t bite on every lure they drop in front of you. The supremacy of progress, for example. For the past many years, conventional wisdom has had it that everything old is bad and must be replaced with something new. In the world of education, this has resulted […]

Pardon my fun

It is nothing short of amazing how much negativity the internet pumps into the world per nanosecond. It’s as if every would-be internet publisher or personality quickly learns that good news does not sell papers. On just one cruise through the news this month, I see a really pitiable story about Madonna, drunk on-stage and […]

E-letter: Ikea goes rustic mass-elitist

Conrad Black in last week’s National Post predicted the eventual win by Donald Trump of the U.S. Republican Presidential Primary. While I am not persuaded by sooth-sayers, fortune tellers and theosophists, something else he said caught my attention. He said of Trump rival Ted Cruz that his constituency did not extend beyond, “Bible-thumping, M16-toting corn-cobbers […]

Variable speed wood lathe

The variable speed Maxi-lathe VF wood lathe from General International features quick lock control levers that easily position tool-rest while stable cast-iron frame, head and tailstock reduce chatter and vibration for smoother turning. There is a maximum distance of 17 in. between centres. The three variable speed ranges are 200 to 900, 350 to 1600 and 700 to 3500 rpm. Positive indexing is in 15° increments […]