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Window, door manufacturer Jeld-Wen to relocate headquarters

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Window and door manufacturer Jeld-Wen Inc. announced it will relocate its North American headquarters from Klamath Falls, Ore., to Charlotte, N.C.

The company’s global headquarters will remain in Klamath Falls, according to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue’s office. Teri Cline, Jeld-Wen’s spokeswoman in Klamath Falls, did not comment.


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December 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

Ligna 2013 offers Premium Pass to furniture, wood industries

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Ligna, the fair for the wood and furniture industries and woodworking trade, is offering a Premium Pass for the 2013 show, comprised of a suite of services.

The pass offers:


  • Free admission to the exhibition center for the passholder throughout Ligna 2013
  • Access to the Premium Lounge, which provides snacks, beverages, PC workstations and more
  • Shuttle bus service from the Premium Lounge
  • Wardrobe and left-luggage service
  • Access to Match & Meet online networking service


More information, including a registration form, is available at Ligna is also now on Facebook at and XING at Ligna will take place May 6-10, 2013, in Hanover, Germany.

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December 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

Gera Lighting System 4 receives Interior Innovation Award 2013

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Gera's Lighting System 4 can be installed in cabinetry or integrated into furniture.

Gera’s Lighting System 4 can be installed in cabinetry or integrated into furniture.

German interior lighting manufacturer Gera was given an Interior Innova-tion Award 2013 for the Lighting System 4.

The Gera Lighting System 4 has a modular design and can be fitted in cabinets, as well as used as a stand-alone item of light furniture as an illuminated glass shelf.

According to Thomas Ritt, designer and product manager at Gera: “In the case of Gera’s Lighting System 4, our aim was to create interior design accents for furniture and rooms using linear and wide-area light. Room niches and corners can also be highlighted and become the focal point of a room using illuminated glass shelves based on the Gera Lighting System 4. To this end, the ‘bookless’ idea emphasizes more the pleasant ambience than it does the storage function of a light shelving system.”

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December 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

Furniture shop employs inmates at local prison

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Grevior Furniture ( has been in downtown Franklin, N.H. for decades, according to But last summer, the family carved out another space in its large, red-brick complex for a new handicraft shop with all items New Hampshire-made.

The store is filled with old New England items like Shaker boxes and rocking chairs, painted wooden loons, model ships, jewelry, and baskets. Andrea Grevior, who owns the store with her husband, is often there to greet customers as they come in.

But what makes this store different from your standard New Hampshire craft shop is that the workers are all inmates at the State Prison for Men in Concord (

The Department of Corrections used to run its own gift shop, where inmates in the Hobby Craft program could sell their wares. But by 2011, budget cuts forced the prison to cut staffing down to just a few hours, one day a week.

“So we were tasked by one of our supervisors with trying to think outside the box and come up with some other ideas,” Hobby Craft shop supervisor John Limoge told the site.

Ultimately, the state put out a proposal, asking for businesses to bid on the opportunity to stock their shelves with prison-made goods. Grevior Furniture won.

“The cost to the state to send stuff up there is nothing,” Limoge told the site. “We don’t transport it. It’s 100 percent on the furniture store, they come up here, they bring it up, they sell it.”

Under the contract, Grevior gets 20 percent of the price of each item sold. Ten percent goes into the Department of Corrections’ recreation trust fund, to keep programs like the Hobby Craft Shop open. Because it isn’t an official prison job, the inmates get to keep the rest. But the state doesn’t pay for their materials. So prisoners use a lot of the money to buy more supplies.

Tim Barry, who’s 26 years into his sentence for second degree murder, paints a scene from an idyllic Vermont village, complete with horse-drawn sleigh. At 63 years old, he’s not far away from his parole hearing. He taught himself to paint in prison.

“When I’m here, with this painting, with any painting, I’m someplace other than prison,” Barry told the site. “In one of his essays, Schopenhauer wrote, ‘to an artist, it doesn’t matter if a sunrise is seen from a prison or a palace.’ I understand what he meant, now.”

Barry mostly works from memory, and pictures clipped from newspapers and magazines. One of his canvases is of a rusted-out 1955 red Mac truck.

“Maybe this is a self-portrait,” Barry told the site. “That’s a truck that can’t run — and I’m here. I miss the trucks. I drove long haul. And when a truck is moving cross-country, that’s freedom. “It’s the opposite of being in prison. You’re always moving, the scene’s always changing. But when I do my art, the scene’s always changing.”

Barry’s work is displayed on the walls at Grevior’s. He says some of his pieces have already sold for $125 to $250 with the frame.

“It feels good to be in prison, and not have my family have to support me,” Barry admits. “At this time of the year, if I want to buy them presents, I’ve got the money to do that.”

Another prisoner who works at the shop is 49-year-old Mark Van Zant, who weaves baskets. He’s been in the Men’s Prison for 15 years, and it also serving a sentence for Second Degree murder. Like most inmates, he doesn’t factor the cost of labor into his work, he just doubles the cost of the materials.

“This is a market basket,” he told the site as he held up his latest creation. “It could be used for decoration, or it could be used, actually, out in the field if you were picking up vegetables and other such things,” he said.

So far, all but two of Van Zant’s baskets have sold. And they need more stock. But Zant says it’s about more than the money.

“Actually, it’s pretty rewarding. It’s nice to know that you can make something that other people would be interested in, and, you know, they appreciate your art.”

Back at the Franklin store, Andrea Grevior says she’s thrilled with her unusual arrangement with the state.

“I’ve gotten so much from this, by the gratitude of each and every person involved,” Grevior told the site, “and the public has well received it. And not that these gentlemen did not do some things they shouldn’t have, but they’re still people. And I’ve seen a different side to the prison system.”

The store’s contract runs through 2014. Then, the state will have the option to renew for another two years.

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December 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

Historic 18th century woodshop unveiled in Massachusetts

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Recently discovered during the remodel of a preschool in Duxbury, Mass., was a surprisingly intact woodworking shop from the late 18th century. The Boston Globe reports the shop, framed in original sills, joists, and pineboard walls, still has two original workbenches. One is pitted with marks from hand tools and the second is a planing bench which lacks tool scars because skilled millwork with wood planes was performed there.

“It’s likely to be the earliest known joiner and cabinetmaker’s shop on its original site,” anywhere in the United States, restoration carpenter Michael Burrey told the Globe.

The 16-by-32 foot wood shop is on the site of the private Berrybrook School on Winter Street. The school approved to explore the outbuilding, which has been used for storage.

The president of the school’s board of directors said Berrybrook had no idea of the building’s historical value.

“We really thought nothing of it. We had used it as storage,” Christopher DeOrsay, an architect, told the globe. “We gave [Burrey] a tour. His jaw hit the floor.”

DeOrsay said since then the school has had more than a dozen experts come to see it.

The wall above the bench has shelving to hold the planes. The planing bench also reveals a groove added later to allow craftsmen to install a treadle lathe for turning wood, powered by a foot pedal.

The shop also has its original tool racks for chisels, awls, and brace (hand drill) bits, as well as a rack near the ceiling for handsaws. Holes in the wall board above the joinery bench reveal where awls were stuck to keep them close at hand.

Painted in black on a joist in the shop’s small storeroom, large digits spell out a date, “1789.” It may be a construction date, but Burrey says some construction techniques suggest an earlier date.

Sketches and hash marks on another wall shows woodworkers spent long hours at the shop. Someone painted a sketch of a man standing with his back against a wall, one knee lifted, a hand extended. Much of the outline remains, the colors dulled but visible.

“The way the benches are in relation to the windows, how the light comes in to light an area, the location of the tool racks on the walls,” all tell of how the craftsmen used the shop, Burrey said.

Gary Naylor of Hanson, a specialist in antique woodwork and tools, said the shop’s interior revealed signs of a Federalist craftsman’s workshop.

“When I saw the [foot-operated] lathe there, I knew it was a highly skilled craftsman,” Naylor told the globe. “A lot of different features in the building are untouched, intact. When I turned around and saw the opening for the fireplace, it was all coming together.”

Cuts in the wall board reveal the location and shape of the shop’s fireplace, probably removed in the 19th century in favor of a woodstove.

Garrison, who visited the shop with a team of specialists from historical organizations such as Colonial Williamsburg, told the globe that carpenters and cabinet makers were called “joiners” then. He said early American craftsmen worked with wood that came rough from the saw mill, and their first job was to plane it down to a smooth finish.

You can see which bench is the planing bench not only because it’s not scarred but also because it’s built against the wall farthest from the fireplace, Garrison told the globe. Planing produces shavings likely to become tinder for a spark from the fireplace.

Naylor said property records show that the shop belonged to a well-known housewright and joiner Luther Sampson, in the late 18th century. Genealogy research revealed that Sampson was the craftsman who founded Kents Hill School in Readville, Maine.

Born in 1760 in Duxbury, Sampson served in the Revolutionary War and bought the 60-acre Philips farm on the west side of Duxbury, home of the Berrybrook School today. His high-quality handiwork, experts say, adorns the interiors of many fine houses built in Duxbury in the late 18th century, when the town was home to prosperous sea captains and merchants.

The survey team that visited the shop with Garrison last month concluded the building was worthy of National Historic Landmark status “due to its rarity and integrity,” Garrison told the globe.

He urged preservation of the shop. “We won’t get a do-over with this building,” he said.

Preservation costs money, and supporters have applied for a $35,000 grant from Duxbury’s Community Preservation Act funds to help pay for an archeological survey of the site, some foundation repair, and to “repair deteriorating hand-hewn sills and joists to stabilize [the] structure.”

“While we have lots and lots of historical houses,” Garrison said in a recent interview, “as a woodworker’s shop it’s probably the oldest in New England” and possibly the country.

“It’s the rarest of the rare. And who knew? Found on the grounds of a preschool.”

DeOrsay said the school’s board of directors would be in favor of preserving the shop. “We’ll try to find out what the best option is.”

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December 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

KI named preferred educational furniture supplier by Contract magazine

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KI ( ranked as the number one preferred furniture supplier for educational solutions, according to Contract magazine’s 2012 brand report survey. This year marks the ninth consecutive year KI has earned the ranking, which is based on the product supplier preferences of architects and designers.

Contract magazine’s annual brand report awareness survey asks a random selection of 355 readers to identify their preferred suppliers in various product categories. For 2012, KI not only ranked first for educational solutions, but also for training tables and stacking/ganging seating. KI also ranked in the top 10 for various other categories including movable walls, computer support furniture, furniture systems, ergonomic seating, healthcare furniture, and storage and filing.

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December 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

Timber producer adds Vollmer CP200 sharpener for circular saws

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The California Redwood Co., a timber producer in Eureka, Calif., recently installed a Vollmer Model CP200 to keep the circular saws sharp and in top operating condition because they are used so frequently.

Since 1890 when the company began, California Redwood Co. has maintained a long-term view of a sustainable forestry model. The company uses all parts of the wood, from the bark to the chips to the sawdust. The company’s boiler that is used to dry boards is run on bio-mass fuel created from the leftover wood particles. As a result, the company says its saws are used so often that its stellite and carbide-tipped saws are sharpened prior to each 10-hour shift.

The Vollmer CP200 is programmed to handle all the circular blades used in processing the timber, and the sharpener set up for each particular diameter and tooth count as well as multiple programs based on whether the machine is performing a re-sharpen or a re-tip grind.

“One of the big reasons why we bought the machine was with the intention of trying to get our saws sharper. On our gang and edger saws, we were using a profile grinder, an old-style grinder, and now we sharpen those on the CP200. They get substantially sharper and it’s a lot easier on the saw itself,” said Matt Tulleners, supervisor of California Redwood’s filing room.

Tulleners’ plans for 2013 include the addition of another Vollmer machine. “We’re slated to replace our dual-side grinder for band saws. I’ve got tentative approval to purchase another Vollmer to upgrade the precision of our band saw blade processing the way the CP200 has done for our circular saws,” he said.

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December 27, 2012 at 7:00 am

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