Big enough for gold medals, big enough for Europe

New trade agreements mean new offshore opportunity for Canadian manufacturers Canada’s wood industry has changed — probably forever. Competition from importers has made the domestic market far more competitive. A more expensive Canadian dollar has made exporting a challenge. A forever-recovering U.S. economy has sidelined a once-powerhouse buyer of Canadian goods. As a result, Canadian […]

Accidents happen: Are you prepared?

On New Year’s Day, 2009, Deslaurier Custom Cabinets of Renfrew, Ont., received a phone call that didn’t start off with “Happy New Year.” Instead, the voice on the other end of the line asked: “Did you hear about the fire at the plant?” These are words that no wood shop owner ever wants to hear, […]

Reader survey 2013

Canada’s industry weighs in, Wood Industry listens I have to confess, I really enjoy the surveys. We say we are doing it for editorial perspective and to help you understand the industry, and we are. However, I get a real kick out of the kaleidoscope effect of picking apart numbers and seeing what the pattern […]

Match people with process

Logistics equations that succeed include the human factor Automation has changed the way Canada’s wood industry works. What once was done by hand and tool, or much simpler machinery — and often by more than one person — can now be done with the flick of a switch on a CNC panel.  Has this revolution […]

Joint preparation

Successful edge and face gluing By Jaye Schroeder Edge- and face-gluing solid lumber puts even the strongest adhesive to the test and makes it all the more imperative for furniture manufacturers and cabinetmakers to properly prepare the joints to be bonded. Poor preparation can cause weak, ill-fitting joints that compromise product quality. Here are some […]

Customer-driven design

An approach to design that’s good for business The word design has 14 definitions in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. It can certainly be a challenging concept to grasp. The difficulty in truly understanding design can also exist in wood shops across Canada, where what constitutes “design” is often in the eyes of the beholder. Yet […]

Mix it up marketing

Take ownership of your company’s marketing; One size does NOT fit all “If you build it, he will come.” While that line eventually worked for Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, its applications in the real world are considerably more limited. Canadian value-added wood manufacturers have a worldwide reputation for building high-quality products. Yet the […]

Filling the skills gap

A unique program  gives hope to industry, and spirit Dean Mattson is director of the cabinet-making program at North Salem High School in Salem, Ore. He had helped one of his students, a Hispanic girl he calls Mary, complete a class project: a very small table that measured 16-inches by 16-inches by 16-inches. She told […]

Selling Stateside

SMART EXPORTERS FIND SUCCESS, SOUTH OF THE BORDER Up until 2008, the U.S. served as Canada’s largest export market for value-added wood products. According to the analysts, there is no reason why that can’t happen again. Even with the higher Canadian dollar, all indications south of the border finally point to a sustained housing recovery […]

Dust… Spark… Inferno

Combustible dust is a deadly wood-industry hazard. Postive steps can help prevent explosions from two sources: regulations and fire. Four workers have been killed recently, and 42 more injured, as a result of explosions erupting in two B.C. sawmills. Although the investigations — by both the Crown and WorkSafeBC — are ongoing, combustible dust is […]