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Veneer Tech names boat builder as Craftman’s Challenge winner

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"Georgia Girl," winner of the Craftsman's Challenge, features cherry sheet veneer cabinetry.

The Veneer Tech Craftman’s Challenge named a sportfishing yacht entry from Paul Mann Custom Boats as the competition’s cabinetry category and grand prize winner.
The Manns Harbor, N.C., boat builder received a total of $4,000 in prize winnings for the 81-foot “Georgia Girl.” Hand-selected, plain-sliced cherry sheet veneer accented with figured cherry were used for the custom countertops and cabinetry throughout the yacht. Sales representative, Jack King, from the yacht’s veneer supplier.
Atlantic Veneer Mill Outlet was the supplier of veneer for the project. Sales representative Jack King receives $1000 in recognition of his participation in the supply chain.
“Overall the quality of the work was remarkable,” said Keith Yow, one of three competition judges. “The scope of the projects was tremendous, particularly in the Specialty Items category. The marquetry in many pieces displays incredible artistic visions and abilities; it made judging difficult. The craftsmanship was exceptional, especially in the case of fitting cabinets with so many radiuses into the cabin of a yacht.”  Yow is department chair of the Career Technical Education Program at Cedar Ridge High School, Hillsborough, N.C.
The other category winners in this year’s competition, each receiving $1000, were: Architectural Woodworking, Fetzer Architectural Woodwork, Salt Lake City, Utah, for Montage Hotel and Resort; Furniture, Craig Thibodeau, CT Fine Furniture, San Diego, Calif., for Dogwood Cabinet; Specialty Items, two winners, Rob Milam of VeneerImages, Atlanta, Ga., for Self Portrait 3, and Paul Schurch, Schurch Woodwork, Santa Barbara, Calif., for Bustier de Bois–The Sassy Zebra; and in Student Design, Christian Seifert, College of the Redwoods, for Danish Sideboard.
Eight entries earned honorable mention: Abdolhay Parnian, Parnian Furniture, Scottsdale, Ariz., for Custom Kitchen, cabinetry; Chris Boulé, Boulé LLC, Haddam Neck, Conn., for Boulé Boy, furniture; Doug Forsha, De La Madera LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz., for Curved Mappa Burl Armoire, furniture; Gregg Novosad, Click Devine, Palatine, Ill., for Reception Table with Faux Magazine, furniture; Dennis Zongker, Zongkers Custom Woods, Omaha, Neb., for Music Box 72 Note Movement, specialty item; Dušan Rakić, Prometheus065, Temerin, Serbia, for three marquetry interpretations of old masters and a photographer, St. Jerome on His Knees Before a Crucifix–Bernini, Calvary Skirmish–Vasari, and She–Demiralay, specialty item; Stanislav Karmalyuk, Dale Jackson Career Center, for The Wave, student design; and Weston Gallo, Dale Jackson Career Center for Sinusoid, student design.
Impartial third-party experts from the fields of woodworking media, education and architectural woodworking judge the Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge. Along with Yow, the 2011 panel included Robert Lang, executive editor, Popular Woodworking, and Bill Esler, associate publisher for Vance Publishing.
“In this contest, entrants could submit several photos, and the pieces that won (or were in the running) showed the completed pieces from a couple of different angles and included close-ups of relevant details. As we moved closer to determining a winner, this became more of a factor,” wrote Lang in his blog entry “Inside the Judges’ Chambers.” Lang encourages entrants to take as much care in photographing their work as is put into the creation of their projects.
John Varner, Veneer Tech vice president, says that a key purpose of the Craftsman’s Challenge is to recognize all the people in the veneer distribution chain as well as the designer. “This is an excellent way to promote industry creativity and strengthen supply relationships.”
All entries can be viewed on Veneer Tech’s website at www.veneertech.com. There also is an archive of 2005-2010 entries.The Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge entries for 2012 will be accepted beginning Sept. 30, 2011. The results of the 2012 competition will be announced at IWF in Atlanta.

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July 29, 2011 at 7:16 am

Cabinet Makers Association announces professional certification program

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At AWFS Fair, the Cabinet Makers Association announced the launch a new professional credential program for the cabinet making and custom woodworking industry.
The program uses both live and Web-based technologies for industry professionals to earn both basic and master level professional certification credentials.
“When we looked at the industry, we saw a gaping hole,” said Dave Grulke, CMA’s executive director. “While there are other professional educational and standards programs available that address design, technique, construction standards and a smattering of other areas, there was nothing that seemed to address the entire business of running a successful custom woodworking or cabinet shop. That’s where CMA’s Professional Certifications differ. We address the entire business, and include the all important customer’s perspective in our program.”
CMA’s program includes classroom instruction and requires testing in major areas of business operations. All program participants begin with a business ethics session, then move into basic certification curriculum. The basic level graduate will acquire advanced knowledge in business management, machinery, wood physics, design, finishing, safety education and the basics of measuring. Master level graduates will show expert knowledge in at least seven of the following areas: tools; portable power tools; machinery (master level); shop drawings/design drawings; software; CNC machinery; marketing; lean manufacturing; finance and computer assisted bookkeeping; shop/job site safety; and green manufacturing.
After a participant has passed required testing, they will also be interviewed face-to-face by the CMA Certification Board before being conferred their certification. Certified individuals will be authorized to add the three-letter acronym for their professional designation to their name (CCM=Certified Cabinet Maker; CCW=Certified Custom Woodworker; MCM=Master Cabinet Maker; MCW=Master Custom Woodworker).
Full details about the CMA Professional Certification program are available on its website: www.cabinetmakers.org.

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July 29, 2011 at 7:11 am

Regulatory chaos threatens woodworkers

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During a conversation at AWFS, Roger Rutan of Timber Products commented that the current wave of proposed new regulations could sink many woodworking companies, and many in the industry are not completely aware of the danger. Combustible dust, boiler MACT and other potentially onerous new regulations could make it much more difficult to operate a plant producing wood products.
Timber Products is seeing relatively strong remodeling business, which has helped sales of its hardwood plywood products. The medical market has been strong recently, and Texas, Oklahoma and the northeast have been relatively strong markets. Rutan sees a shakeout in the many different green certifications and requirements, and believes that in the future it will be easier for woodworkers to determine if they are making a green product.

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July 28, 2011 at 7:36 am

EPA chooses not to add lead clearance testing to LRRP

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would not impose lead dust clearance as an addendum to its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, which was imposed in April 2010. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry applauded EPA for making this decision to not impose additional costs to the LRRP rule.
“After carefully weighing all available information and considering the public comments, EPA has concluded it is not necessary to impose new lead-dust sampling and laboratory analysis, known as the clearance requirements, as part of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule. The Agency believes that the existing lead-safe work practices and clean up requirements – which went into place in 2010 – will protect people from lead dust hazards created during renovations jobs without the need for additional clearance requirements,” according to EPA.
In a recently completed survey of homeowners, using Meredith Corp.’s Home Enthusiast Panel, NARI found that 53 percent of respondents were unaware of LRRP rule. NARI created a working group to address concerns among the industry and make recommendations to government officials on the LRRP rule. Among recommendations made, NARI said EPA should revise the rule to define desired outcomes; educate the general public and asses the impact of homeowner-initiated projects on childhood lead poisoning; create a regular newsletter to provide updates and overhaul the website to become a better communication tool; and clarify the responsibilities of a subcontractor.

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July 28, 2011 at 7:34 am

Lean@VirginiaTech to host lean safety workshop

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The student-faculty non-profit initiative Lean@VirginiaTech will host a “Why Lean Safety?” workshop on Oct. 26 and 27, to discuss managing safety issues using Lean principles.
The two-day workshop will be held in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., airport area. The workshop will provide background material and real life examples to help companies identify, analyze and solve problems around a safety program using Lean principles.
For more information, email info@vtlean.org or call 540.443.6688.

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July 27, 2011 at 7:44 am

Stanford Goldman of Pennville Custom Cabinetry dies at 92

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Stanford C. Goldman, former president of Pennville Custom Cabinetry, died in his home on July 14, at the age of 92.
Through his father’s business, The Commercial Electric Co., Goldman purchased Pennville Custom Cabinetry in 1972 and served as the company’s president until 1990. He received his B.S. from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and his MBA from Harvard. 
Goldman is survived by his wife, Doris; three sons, Bruce, Jeff, and Mark; a daughter, Susan; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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July 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

Software providers form U.S. woodworking market distribution alliance

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Design and manufacturing software provider Planit became the exclusive distribution channel for Tractivity software for the U.S. woodworking market. The two software providers say the alliance means woodworking companies will have one source for design, rendering, manufacturing, and production planning and control software. 
“We are excited about our new agreement with Tractivity which is in line with Planit’s strategic objectives to deliver first class software solutions to our woodworking markets. Now more than ever, it is critical for our industry to track and measure profitability within their business and Tractivity is a proven product to fill that need,” said Richard Chappell, Planit sales and services director.

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July 27, 2011 at 7:39 am

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