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..
What to Look for in a 3-D Modeling Program Article by John Howell - 9/13/2013 9:07:12 AM
In this article I’ll continue to focus on direct modeling programs. These programs address the needs of woodworkers who produce custom products. They offer a completely new method of producing shop dr... Read More..
Outside the Box Article by John Howell - 8/16/2013 9:00:00 AM
One thing that makes woodworking interesting is the fact that wood products contain an element of aesthetic appeal along with their practical application. In the 18th century in Europe and America, a... Read More..