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Seminars shaping up for May woodworking E-vent

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The seminar program for the next CabinetMakerFDM Woodworking Business E-vent, a live online trade show and conference set for May 19, is moving ahead. Registration for the E-vent is now open. The program features educational sessions, a virtual exhibit hall with top industry suppliers and networking with industry peers.
Featured seminar topics include:

Planning to Succeed in a Lean Transformation. Many companies attempt a transformation to lean manufacturing without the effective planning necessary to ensure success. Jim Lewis takes you step-by-step through the process so you can get the maximum value that lean manufacturing has to offer for your business. Jim Lewis has worked in the furniture industry for more than 30 years with a special emphasis on facilitating the transformation to the Lean business philosophy. He is an independent Lean business consultant, author, and writer. Jim’s most recent book, “Story of a Lean Journey,” chronicles the journey of one company through the Lean transformation process.

Automating the Small to Mid-Size Shop. Kevin Ward of A Ward Design is an avid proponent of practical and pragmatic automation, Ward discusses how small to medium size shops can best incorporate CNC into their production to improve flow, efficiency and quality. Using his own experience of running a successful custom cabinet shop, Ward shares practical tips that will help you avoid common pitfalls in the automation process.

Pricing Strategies for the Recovery. Will Sampson of CabinetMakerFDM will discuss this always timely subject. As woodworking businesses struggle with the turbulent economy, they face unparalleled challenges when it comes to pricing. Sampson shares not only the universal fundamentals of effective pricing but also practical tips on how you can price your work for maximum sales and maximum profit in this competitive recovering business climate.
Zero Setup and Batch One Manufacturing. Presenter to be announced soon.

New Finishing Technology. Presenter to be announced soon.

Success breeds second E-vent 
Reaction to the first Woodworking E-vent in November 2010 was overwhelmingly positive. The first E-vent attracted more than 1,400 registrants and more than 20 exhibitors from across the country. Stay tuned for a list of exhibitors at the next E-vent. Each of the five conference session attracted an average of 150 attendees, many of whom took the opportunity to participate in live question and answer sessions via online chat.
Attendees were enthusiastic about the event, noting that they got much of the value of a conventional trade show or conference without having to leave their office. In addition to the live seminars, attendees had live chats with suppliers, downloaded product information and even watched live streaming videos of products in action. More of the same is planned for the May E-vent.

Free to attend 
The E-vent is free to attend. Simply go to www.wattevents.com/CMFDM11/Home.aspx and register online to reserve your space. Then, on the day of the E-vent, just log in from any internet-based computer to participate, taking advantage of educational forums, networking with industry peers, and learning about the latest supplies and equipment.
Even if you can’t attend the live event, you can still access the on-demand presentations after the live event concludes. All registrants receive complimentary access to the presentations from May 20 – August 19, 2011.

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March 31, 2011 at 8:34 am

Leda Furniture to debut ‘fresh’ collection at High Point Market

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Leda Furniture will debut its “fresh” collection at High Point Market in April.
This new condo-scaled furniture collection features Zebrano veneers with complementing paint trim colors of silver, black and pink as well as Amaretto and Mahogany wood finishes.
“You always hear the furniture industry described as a fashion industry, yet whenever there is a new collection introduction it’s always in some shade of the safe brown and beige tones,” said Marco Confalone, president of Leda Furniture. “It doesn’t matter what name you give the finish, it’s still brown. We wanted to showcase something fresh as part of our new introduction, hence the inclusion of the ‘pink & black’ bed option.”
Leda Furniture will debut “fresh” in High Point, N.C., at H-1112, IHFC Building.

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March 31, 2011 at 8:24 am

Veneer Technologies names judges panel for 2011 Craftsman’s Challenge

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Veneer Tech announced the judging panel for its 2011 Craftsman’s Challenge, co-sponsored by CabinetMakerFDM.
The industry experts serving on the panel are Robert Lang, professional woodworker and executive editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine; Bill Esler, member of the WoodLINKS USA board of directors and associate publisher for Vance Publishing/Wood Interiors Media Group; and Keith Yow, a member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute Carolinas Chapter.
The Craftsman’s Challenge rewards excellence in the use of veneer and wood products through cash awards and other recognition for the entire supply chain including craftsmen, distributors and distributor sales representatives, as well as student designers. Craftsman’s Challenge entries will be accepted through June 1. Competition categories include: cabinetry, architectural woodworking, furniture, specialty products, store fixtures and student design. Entry materials are available online and from Veneer Tech sales representatives and distributors.
The creator of the winning entry will receive a $3,000 cash prize, the distributor of the veneer for the grand prize winning entry will receive $2,000 and the corresponding distributor salesman will receive $1,000. Winners of each of the six categories will also receive $1,000. An additional $1,000 award will go to the grand prize winner for early entry by March 31. Awards will be announced at AWFS fair in Las Vegas, July 20-23.

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March 30, 2011 at 7:59 am

Business management seminars to be offered at AWFS 2011

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The 2011 College of Woodworking Knowledge will offer several business management seminars at AWFS Fair 2011, July 20-23.
The sessions are designed to move businesses up, over and beyond the hurdles of a bad economy, global competition and the tenacity of day-to-day challenges, CWWK says.
“Think Like an Entrepreneur” is a three-hour program targeted to smaller businesses, based on Michael Gerber’s The E-Myth Revisited. The “Becoming the Next Generation Manufacturer” session shares tested performance strategies and provides the framework for driving manufacturing growth in the 21st century. “Profitable Growth through Innovation” is a seminar designed to help participants think smarter and more creatively about how to develop more profitable customers, markets, products and services through innovation techniques. “Arm Yourself with Financing Savvy” will reveal financial and tax information surrounding business loans.
Other topics include “The Art of Bidding” and a “Hands-On Lean Manufacturing Simulation” workshop, as well as “Social Media Bootcamp for Woodworkers,” “Strengthening your Workforce from Within,” “Listening to your Customer” and “Think Creatively! Business Strategies for an Evolving Market.”
The full education program will be available in late March at www.AWFSfair.org.

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March 30, 2011 at 7:55 am

Treefrog offers discounts on veneer laminate products

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Treefrog, a division of Chemetal, announced it will offer new, reduced prices on all Treefrog Veneer Laminates.
The company says most of its items are discounted 10 percent, with some discounts up to 20 percent. The company attributes its ability to offer these lower prices to favorable exchange rates, but says the prices will only last about three to six months.
For more information, contact Treefrog by visiting the company’s website www.treefrogveneer.com.

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March 30, 2011 at 7:52 am

Irwin Tools crowns ‘World’s Ultimate Tradesman’

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Irwin Tools crowned Daniel Shepherd of Halifax, England, as “World’s Ultimate Tradesman” during the Irwin Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Finals at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Shepherd earned the title after he beat five competitors from around the world by performing a series of precise tasks, such as gripping, sawing, marking, clamping and drilling, in a race against the clock, completing the competition’s final round in 25.07 seconds. Shepherd defeated North America’s Delwyn Thornton from Brandon, Miss., by 8.51 seconds in the final round. After winning, Shepherd randomly selected one out of 25 Irwin tool bags to win $10,000.
Irwin hosted over 250 competitions in nine countries, with over 16,000 tradesmen competing throughout the world. During this World Finals event, only the top six global champions competed to see who could “Grip It, Rip It, and Drive It” faster than any other tradesman in the world. Other global competitors included: Delwyn Thornton from Brandon, Miss.; Krystof Doroziński from Stawka Wielka, Poland; Matthew Francis from Townsville, Queensland, Australia; Helmut Radke Neto from Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; and Bjorn Ravn Kuhlmeier from Erritso, Fredericia, Denmark.
“Irwin’s Ultimate Tradesman Challenge was designed to recognize skilled tradesmen from around the world,” said Curt Rahilly, vice president of marketing for Irwin. “We’ve been impressed by the skill and passion tradesmen bring to this competition. We congratulate Daniel for his big win, and we thank all the competitors for participating in this exciting competition of skill. Irwin is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the contributions of professional tradesmen around the world. Irwin Tools looks forward to continuing the celebration of professional tradesmen on National Tradesmen Day, Friday, Sept. 16, 2011.”

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March 29, 2011 at 7:33 am

Stanley Furniture to introduce new styles at High Point Market

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Stanley Furniture Co. will introduce two new styles to its Classic Portfolio at High Point Market: British Colonial and Bungalow.
The British Colonial and Bungalow styles will join Stanley’s European Cottage, Louis Philippe and Transitional furniture design offerings.
“The experience of owning fine furniture is sensory,” said Adam Tilley, vice president of product management. “Not only does fine furniture feel soft and luxurious to the touch, it has to be graceful. Your eyes should melt into the layers of finishes that glow in the light. These patterns were designed to envelope you in the total experience of finer furniture. The closer you study a piece, the more it should reward you.”
High Point Market will take place April 2-7, in High Point, N.C.

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March 29, 2011 at 7:22 am

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