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Lean Thinking workshops offered in May, August

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Learning to See workshops, through Virginia Tech, are about fundamental skills needed in lean transformation efforts. The workshops are designed to help in achieving superior organizational performance through value stream mapping. The following workshops are scheduled for May and August:
•May 5, Richmond, Va.
•May 6, Danville, Va.
•Aug. 5, Harrisonburg, Va.

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April 30, 2010 at 8:20 am

Marketing your shop to build business

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As the economy begins to improve, this is a golden opportunity to position your shop with an aggressive marketing plan. Learn woodworking-specific, cost-effective marketing ideas that you can put to work in your business.
Join CabinetMaker+FDM editor, William Sampson as he discusses real-world solutions that have worked for real shops. He will also point out common marketing and advertising paths that typically don’t work so well for woodworking businesses.
This online seminar is part of an educational series presented by CabinetMaker+FDM magazine. This second seminar in the series will be presented on May 27th at 1pm Central and will be Pay-Per-View only. 
The cost to view this seminar is $39.95.
Attendees will be issued a password to view the seminar after completing both the registration and fee transaction. For more information, see

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April 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Keep your cabinets cool

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Cabinets are functional, decorative, and made to fit homes in all different price ranges. Cabinetry is used for storing everything from fine china to sports equipment and almost anything else.
We will focus on cabinets housing electronic equipment including home theater systems, boardroom systems and computers. The makers of cabinetry make special pieces of furniture, but a common shortcoming in the design and construction of today’s cabinetry that houses electronic equipment is proper ventilation for the heat generated by these modern technology systems.
The trend in electronics is to hide these systems by concealing them in cabinets and closets where they are out of sight and out of mind. Well, they are out of mind until they shut down due to limited air circulation.
Fortunately for the cabinetmaker, the first call is often made to the installer of the equipment. Then they will detail how there is simply insufficient airflow in the cabinet. At that point the process will begin to determine whom to call and how to fix the issue with the ultimate result being some sort of modification to that special cabinet. …Read the rest of the article on

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April 29, 2010 at 10:05 am

Top ten interior decor trends

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Laura Stein, Canadian interior decorator, has announced the year’s top 10 design trends, based on client requests and showings and the region’s trade exhibitions. The list includes what consumers will be seeing in showrooms, retail stores and design magazines for the coming year.

1. Glamor and luxury. There is a desire for glamor and luxury at every price point, and manufacturers are making luxury more accessible. Silver, lavender ad champagne are popular colors. Look for rich fabrics like silk and velvet, attractive polished metals and shiny lacquered furniture.

2. Focus on function. Focus remains on quality, practicality and comfort. Fleeting trends are reported to be out and longevity is in. Contemporary decor is becoming softer, warmer and more comfortable, and there is renewed interest in classic styling.

3. Back to the classics. Classic and traditional decor is seeing a resurgence in popularity, but often includes a modern twist with bold colors, striking patterns and clean lines. Warm woods, classic detailing and traditional fabrics are part of this trend.

4. Metallics. Metals are woven into fabrices, stamped onto wallpapers and painted on walls and woods. Silver remains popular but gold has made a comeback. Pewter, rust and copper are gaining steam. The best use of metal is as an accent. Too much bling is never a good thing.

5. Surrounded in white. The white room is the ultimate in stylishness, offering a clean and tranquil escape from the visual noise experienced every day. A mix of textures and black or red accents are being used to spice things up.

6. Big blue. Blue is the color of the year, from turquoise to deep royal. Blues are showing up in many places, and can coordinate with almost anything, looking right in both a contemporary or classic setting.

7. The tropics. If you can’t go to the Caribbean this year, the tropics can come to you with turquoise, fuchsia, tangerine and lime green. These 1980s inspired tropical colors have made a comeback, along with big floral prints, leafy botanicals and bird patterns.

8. Sculptural furniture and lighting. Furniture and lighting style have always been important, but this year the line between traditional form and art has become more blurred. Both furniture and lighting have taken on a sculptural quality that is designed for both function and artwork.

9. Global influence. Some of the best design influences come from exotic places, and this year the role of designs from colonial islands and Africa are helping to create an adverture in your own living room.

10. Sustainability. This has been building for several years and is more than a trend. Green is everywhere and has influenced our design aesthetic to bring nature and nature-inspired themes into homes.

For more information, see Laura M. Stein Interiors.

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April 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Georg Demuth, former Weinig co-owner, dies at 84

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Georg Demuth died April 12, 2010. He was 84 years old.
The engineer joined Weinig shortly after World War II. In 1954 he became a partner and developed the woodworking equipment company with Bertold Weinig. Georg was responsible for the technical side of company management and introduced many ground-breaking innovations.
In the last phase of his career, Georg concentrated on establishing the production facility Weinig SA Switzerland before retiring in 1987. With his personal integrity, untiring commitment for company and staff and detailed technical knowledge, Georg embodied the image of a German entrepreneur.
Walter Fahrenschon, chairman of the board at Weinig, called him an outstanding personality who shaped a significant phase in the history of Weinig.
“Georg Demuth has had a lasting effect on the industry and his life’s work still influences all aspects of Weinig AG today,” Fahrenschon said.

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April 28, 2010 at 8:21 am

Biesse now distributing Friulmac in North America

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Biesse and Friulmac have signed an exclusive distribution agreement, making Biesse America and Canada the sole distributor of Friulmac woodworking machinery in North America.
“This partnership is part of Biesse’s larger and ongoing diversification strategy that focuses on investing in actions with more immediate and measurable returns on investment,” said Federico Broccoli, CEO of Biesse and Intermac in the U.S. and Canada.

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April 27, 2010 at 9:09 am

NEBSRA hosts May beltsander race

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The New England Belt Sander Racing Association is holding a race to benefit Community Servings, 2 p.m., May 15 at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143.
Belt sander racers’ registration begins at 1 p.m., with the racing from 2-6 p.m. The race will be followed by the Chandler Travis Philharmonic at 7 p.m.
Community Servings provides free home-delivered meals in eastern Massachusetts to homebound individuals with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses.

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April 26, 2010 at 8:05 am

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