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Masco Cabinetry, NKBA host student design blog contest

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Masco Cabinetry has partnered with the National Kitchen & Bath Association to offer NKBA student members at U.S. schools the opportunity to blog about design in the Blog Like a Pro competition.
The competition asks students to create three blog posts relating to design ideas and themes, such as new design technology, designing for multiple generations and design in small spaces. Top student bloggers are awarded scholarships of $1,500, $700 and $500.
“This competition encourages students to think like a design professional and communicate their ideas effectively,” said Susan Cross, brand and communications manager for Masco Cabinetry. “Today’s design professionals are learning the value of communication and blogging about the importance of good design for beautiful, functional spaces. Blog Like a Pro allows students to demonstrate their ability to communicate strongly about the design process.”
The competition will be judged by a panel of professional kitchen and bath designers and social media experts at the beginning of March 2012. The student winner will be announced at the 2012 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. For more information, visit the contest website at www.mascocabinetry.com/bloglikeapro.  

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December 30, 2011 at 8:54 am

Woodcraft sends 12,000 handcrafted wooden pens to U.S. soldiers

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Woodcraft’s November Turn for Troops National Turn-a-Thon produced more than 12,000 handcrafted wooden pens for men and women in the U.S. armed forces.
Volunteers created 12,475 wooden pens, which were distributed to U.S. armed forces members serving abroad or in U.S. rehabilitation facilities.
 U.S. Air Force major and deputy wing chaplain wrote to Woodcraft: “Several months back we decided to call upon our contacts back home to see if we could get every airman and soldier on the base a stocking – the idea was simple – small stocking with a little candy. Just something from home. Your pens arrived at just the right time as we were able to add them to the stockings. In the words of our Wing Chaplain – the pens allowed the stockings to go from ‘something nice to something great.’
“I cannot say thanks enough for the pens. I will be returning home in mid-January. I look forward to getting back on my lathe to support this wonderful project,” the major said.

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December 30, 2011 at 8:52 am

Thoughts on design: Real materials and real growth

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Necessity is the mother of invention, and in the competitive markets of woodworking and design, it is necessary not only to keep up with the latest trends but to stay ahead of them, forming them if need be. As the pendulum of design perpetually sways from traditional to contemporary and back again, it continues to reveal new ideas, schemes, and reinventions. Recently, the pendulum has uncovered a trend of infusing a mixture of materials into a single space. It is not uncommon to integrate six or seven different materials into a kitchen or bath design.
Stainless steel appliances are replacing paneled appliances, accent countertops in concrete or glass are supplementing granite, and metal range hoods are finding their prominent place in design, not to mention various materials for hardware, plumbing fixtures, sinks, lighting fixtures and flooring.
Being a supplier of wood products since 1979, the idea of mixing materials was and still is an opportunity and a challenge. We have learned over the years how to adapt to current design trends, but in the past we could achieve that with wood. The first challenge was one of design and innovation, how to incorporate a mixture of materials in a single component such as an island leg or corbel. After interacting with numerous customers, combing through numerous custom designs, and spending days creating sketches, the Fusion product line came into being. At the same time, we started developing corbel designs that could be manufactured from metal.
 Unlike others in our industry we find it essential to actually use different materials such as metal instead of finishing our standard wood products to achieve the look of metal. We believe that a reason for the mixture of material is not just visual but tangible as well. We also found that there are shapes which can be created out of stone and metal that cannot be achieved with wood.
After developing our designs and realizing the material should be true to what is seen, our real challenges started in trying to find reliable sources for die casting, machining, plating, etc. We quickly found that other industries, such as metal fabrication, had just as much industry-specific vocabulary as woodworking, and, coupled with a completely different manufacturing process; the learning curve was quite steep. Some designs were tabled immediately due to strength issues, manufacturing process challenges, or because the piece just did not achieve the look we wanted when in its finished material.
 Marketing began with releasing a few metal corbel designs in various materials and styles. These were released on the website and soon incorporated into the catalog and advertising campaigns. As awareness grew, we continued to release new materials for existing product, such as brushed aluminum, bronze, antique cast iron, even a composite called iron rust. The metal corbel line set a stage for what came next: the patented Fusion Line. While the Fusion legs were not the first non-wood products released, they were the quintessential product of our initial idea: a single component mixing materials. The legs were immediately received well within design communities and started gaining traction with manufacturers within six months.
 The process of releasing this product line was different than any other line because it started with an idea that did not fit into our model at first. It started with quickly realizing a design idea that we knew would gain more and more traction as time progressed. We believe in this time of stagnate growth and stale ideas, companies that continue to innovate will stay effective and influential.Christian Smedberg is director of marketing at Osborne Wood Products.

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December 29, 2011 at 8:45 am

Collins Companies receives FSC certification at hardwood mill

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Collins Companies received Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody certification of its Richwood, W. Va.-based Collins Hardwood mill.
The 29-acre mill site purchased by Collins Companies in 2005, Collins Hardwood facility mills red and white oak, poplar, hard and soft maple, ash, basswood, Birch and cherry. Annually, the facility mills 33 million board feet of wood, according to the company.
“In 1940, long before words like ‘sustainability’ were at the forefront of discussions within the forestry industry, The Collins Companies implemented practices to protect the biodiversity of our forests’ ecosystems and to create long term and stable manufacturing facilities,” said Paul Harlan, vice president of resources. “Our continued recognition by the FSC, a credible and well-respected group, validates the direction and culture that the Collins family legacy put in place at the company’s inception.” 

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December 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

La-Z-Boy furniture featured on Travel Channel’s ‘Made in America’

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Travel Channel’s new show “Made in America” recently filmed its premier episode at the La-Z-Boy furniture manufacturing plant in Siloam Springs, Ark.
George Motz, host of the show, toured the manufacturing facility to showcase what workers at the plant do and assisted them in building a La-Z-Boy recliner. 
“The show highlights the quality craftsmanship that goes into building and assembling custom-made La-Z-Boy furniture,” said Kevin Harmon, general manager at the La-Z-Boy plant. “Our Siloam Springs employees are skilled, hardworking people with a true talent for building furniture and we think audiences will be impressed when they see us in action.”
For more on the episode of “Made in America” that features La-Z-Boy, visit www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Made_In_America.

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December 27, 2011 at 8:33 am

Woodworking Industry Conference to be held May 2-4, 2012

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WMMA, WMIA and AWFS recently announced the dates for the 2012 Woodworking Industry Conference, taking place on May 2-4, 2012.
The theme of “One Industry, One Conference, Endless Opportunities” will focus on “Connecting the Industry.” The event will be held at the Delray Beach Marriott hotel in Delray Beach, Fla. Look for registration information in January 2012. For more information, please go to www.wmma.org/woodworking-shows/woodworking-industry-conference.cfm.

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December 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

Stiles to host European window, door manufacturer tour

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Stiles Machinery will host a tour of various window and door manufacturing facilities in Switzerland and Germany, and also to attend the Fensterbau trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany.
The European window and door manufacturer tours will take place March 17-24, 2012, for those looking for new manufacturing processes to expand capabilities, reduce waste and improve quality. The group will also attend Fensterbau/Frontale, the international trade fair for window, door and facade technologies, taking place March 21-24, 2012.
To attend the event, register online at www.stilesmachinery.com/events no later than February 20, 2012, or contact Steve Waltman at 616.581.4737  for more information. 

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December 22, 2011 at 9:19 am

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