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Article by John Howell - 9/26/2014 4:00:00 PM

I just returned from vacation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I’d visited there many times in my youth and had always found the area enchanting. It still is; in fact it has improved in some ... Read More..

Closer to the Supply
Article by John Howell - 8/22/2014 4:00:00 PM

In a recent article entitled “Closer to the Market”, I showed several advantages of reshoring our furniture manufacturing in consideration of our local market. In this article I’ll discuss some advan... Read More..

Finishing as an Integral Part of Design
Article by John Howell - 7/25/2014 4:00:00 PM

I want to address a dilemma that we all face as woodworkers. The primary material we work with is not homogenous. Okay, we all know that. Its variations include visual elements that are an essential ... Read More..

Closing the Information Gap
Article by John Howell - 6/23/2014 4:00:00 PM

Last month we looked at two different approaches to furniture design and began to explore how custom and semi-custom shops can utilize recent developments in technology to improve efficiency in the d... Read More..

Craft Furniture Design
Article by John Howell - 5/26/2014 1:08:20 PM

Furniture design has taken two distinctly different paths in the last century or so. The approach that has served the furniture industry at large is to employ furniture designers to come up with new ... Read More..

Closer to the Market
Article by John Howell - 3/25/2014 4:00:00 PM

Over the past two decades, the United States has lost over 6 million manufacturing jobs to overseas competition. The reasons given have been based on economic considerations such as labor costs, regul... Read More..

The Craft of Woodworking
Article by John Howell - 2/21/2014 9:38:50 AM

The term “craft” when applied to woodworking has acquired the status of a cliché as a result of the word having been over-used and abused with regard to wood products. The disconnect between how a pr... Read More..

Made in America
Article by John Howell - 12/14/2013 6:00:23 PM

I attended the High Point Market in October with one goal. I’d read about the Made in America Pavilion that had started in 2011 and has grown to incorporate over fifty companies exhibiting their late... Read More..

Regulation Run Amok
Article by John Howell - 10/11/2013 3:56:44 PM

I attended the Manufacturing Summit for the American Home Furnishings Alliance in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 22nd. The agenda was centered on helping companies deal effectively with the hug... Read More..

Granite Recycle
Article by Joe Corlett - 9/13/2013 9:13:14 AM

I finally got a call to recycle some granite countertops, having recycled solid surface tops many times. One customer was told by the purchaser of his home to take his solid surface tops with him, as ... Read More..

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