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Carpenter displays his art pieces at Washington state art studio tour

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Jim Short, a career carpenter, is one of 31 artists participating in the Whidbey Working Artists Summer Art Studio Tour in Washington, which runs on back-to-back weekends beginning Aug. 24-25, reports.

All of his life, Short has been fascinated with wood. His workshop is the single-car garage at his home in Coupeville, Wash., where he builds custom cabinets, dabbles in woodturning, fixes furniture and does other repairs. He also makes art pieces such as bowls and vases as well as boxes and other containers with lids.

Short, 64, told the times that woodturning can turn into an obsession.

“That happens to woodturners a lot,” he told the times. “It’s really engaging to take a piece of a tree and cut it open and discover all the different patterns and designs and things. The whole process of turning is almost addictive. It’s almost an immediate result in what you do.”

He likes working with green madrona because of how it “shrinks and contorts,” he told the times. But he also works with hardwood and fruitwood. He said he enjoys wood from Garry Oaks and Yews.

Short only started selling his art pieces about six or seven years ago and considers it more of a hobby than a money-making enterprise. His pieces may be seen at the Penn Cove Gallery on Front Street in downtown Coupeville, or viewed online at

Short’s workshop will be open to the public during both weekends of the self-guided free artists’ studio tour. The second weekend, which covers more of Central and North Whidbey, is Aug. 31-Sept. 2. The tours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


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August 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

Furniture design toolkit planned to help U.K. designers

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The panel members have been announced for the launch of the FIRA’s Furniture Design Toolkit (FDT), arriving in the United Kingdom September 19, according to

The members are: Jim Taylour, principle ergonomist at Orangebox; Simon Dennehy, CEO and founder of Perch; Stuart Lawson, associate head of School of Design at De Montfort University; and FIRA’s principal ergonomist, Levent Çaglar.

Set to officially launch at 100% Design in London, FDT was created by the Furniture Industry Research Association. The kit aims to assist furniture designers in meetings standards and ergonomic recommendations, Furniture News reports. Packed with useful tools and information, the kit includes ergonomics, user testing and postural recommendations, as well as standards and legislation to supplement the user’s design process. Furniture News says it is the only design resource to contain this highly valuable information, provided by industry experts.

“It is really important for designers to think about how they can ensure their product is safe, fit for purpose, sustainable, comfortable and easy to use, Levent Çaglar, principal ergonomist for FIRA told Furniture News. “This Toolkit aims to help designers consider these issues without hindering their creative process by providing clear tools and information that is easy to apply.”

Following the launch at 100% Design, the Furniture Design Toolkit will be available for download on their website as an interactive PDF. The Toolkit is free to members of the Furniture Industry Research Association or can be purchased by non-members.

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August 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

Georgia panel products plant invests $1.2 million in expansion

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Dieffenbacher USA, a Forsyth County, Ga. company that produces equipment for the wood-based panel board, biomass energy and pellet industry, has invested $1.2 million in their customer support center, according to

The Germany-based company launched in the area in November 2012 and currently employs 50 people.

While wood is about half of production cost in panel board plants, Dieffenbacher offers products and services using raw recycled wood.

“The green industry is one of our niche markets, especially for manufacturing,” Randall Toussaint, vice president of economic development for the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce told North Fulton. “Our community is one of the first communities to create a local green incentive program where companies are encouraged to manufacture green products.”

The support center for Dieffenbacher will be able to handle spare part sales for their equipment to companies using their equipment throughout North America, Rolf-Dieter Krey, manager of customer service told North Fulton.

“The majority of the customers we deal with are in the U.S.,” said Krey.

Krey told North Fulton that the company is growing at a steady pace and plans to hire about three engineers and service technicians this year.

“Our goal is to really grow and to offer technical service at this location,” Krey said.

Dieffenbacher leaders told Fulton North that with the improvement of the housing market, the wood-based panel industry is seeing increased sales for the first time in over four years. The pellet plant market in the U.S. is also very strong, which will spark a boost in demand in the near future for parts and services in the U.S.

“Our customers are specialized industrial plants around the world, not so much the typical consumer,” Krey told Fulton North. “Our customers, being in a highly competitive environment, rely on Dieffenbacher and our cost saving innovations.”

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August 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

Climate policies in Europe call for more biomass

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The wood pellet industry in the southeastern U.S. is growing rapidly, from zero to 60, as environmental policies in Europe are shifting from burning coal to burning imported American wood pellets, reports.

To fulfill demand, hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested into new factories in coastal plain forests from Virginia to Louisiana, some of which are being converted from old lumber mills.

The nation’s biggest pellet maker, Enviva LP, based in Maryland, opened its Ahoskie, N.C., mill in 2011 and a second one in Northampton County this year. Together, they produce 865,000 tons of pellets annually to be shipped out of the port at Chesapeake, Va.

The company uses big logging machines to pile up harvests of sweet gum, red oak and maple trees. But they also stack up logs that cannot be sold as saw logs because they are forked or knotty, crooked or hollow. Those logs will be fed into a chipper and milled at an Ahoskie factory that makes 1,000 tons, every day, of wood pellets that are in great demand overseas.

Two years ago, everything in this second pile would have been left on the ground to rot, David Jennette, a Windsor forester who is managing this timber harvest told The Charlotte Observer. Now it brings $2 to $8 a ton.

“When you’re talking about 50 to 75 tons of chips to the acre, and maybe more, that’s a significant amount of money going back to the landowner that we weren’t able to get before,” Jennette told the Charlotte Observer.

Enviva plans to export an additional million tons from a $40 million terminal at the Wilmington port. The company is also scouting sites for two new pellet mills in southeastern North Carolina, one of them in Sampson County.

The pellet industry was created to be a climate-friendly, carbon-neutral alternative. The forests use photosynthesis to soak up carbon dioxide, enough to compensate for 14 percent of all emissions in the United States. Although this stored-up carbon is released into the air when wood pellets are burned, wood is considered a renewable fuel because that carbon is eventually recaptured by new trees that grow in place of the old ones.

Now conservationists are attacking the pellet industry’s green-energy claim on two fronts. They are concerned that the recent demand for wood pellets will encourage industrial logging and destroy the sensitive ecosystems of bottomland hardwood forests. And they say that burning trees is even dirtier than coal.

The European Union and Great Britain have made strong efforts to adopt aggressive measures to reduce greenhouse gasses. Some of those efforts have gone to creating incentives for electric utilities, cutting the use of coal, and requiring renewable sources to provide 20 percent of all energy by 2020.

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August 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

Woodcraft supports student woodworking competitions at AWFS Fair 2013

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Woodcraft supported two student woodworking competitions at the 2013 AWFS Fair in Las Vegas. Woodcraft provided tools for the SkillsUSA competition and a financial contribution for the Fresh Wood competition.

“Woodcraft congratulates the SkillsUSA and Fresh Wood winners – and their competitors – as passionate young woodworkers who will keep their craft alive while continuing to develop their skills,” Jody Garrett, Woodcraft president, said. “Providing competitions to measure their skills and gain public attention for woodworking is important and worth supporting in whatever way possible.”

SkillsUSA is a national organization that supports and promotes skilled trades and is the qualifying organization for the WorldSkills International competition.

Fresh Wood allows students to showcase their work, be introduced to the industry and be exposed to industry career opportunities. Woodcraft matches contributions to Fresh Wood from customers and others up to $10,000 each year. So far in 2013, the campaign has raised $2,748. To contribute to Fresh Wood, visit and search “donate.”

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August 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

Vollmer of America to host ‘PCD Days’ event on Oct.23-25

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Vollmer of America will be hosting its “PCD Days” event at its Carnegie, Penn., headquarters from Oct. 23-25. This event will feature the new technology and machine capabilities of the QXD250 and QWD750H erosion machines.

Product management and technical engineers from Germany will be on hand to conduct demonstrations of the machines’ new features and answer questions related to processing of diamond tools on Vollmer erosion equipment.

Guest speakers from major PCD manufacturers will discuss specific products and applications, in addition to suppliers being available for discussions.

Topics will include: Element Six presenting on the V-tec endmill; Haimer discussing the importance of tool holders and balancing with higher speeds and feeds required by high-performance applications; Iljin presenting an overview of PCBN materials and how these products can contribute to future growth; Haas Machine Tools discussing brazing techniques and demonstrating the Gerling braze units; Zoller presenting new equipment and techniques for measuring high-tolerance tools.

Those interested in attending can RSVP by contacting Scott Ries at or 412.880.8594.

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August 29, 2013 at 7:00 am

Weinig celebrates 35,000 moulders off ‘Montage 1’ assembly line

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Weinig’s “Montage 1” assembly line produces the Powermat 600, 1200 and 2400 models.

Weinig is celebrating the recent production of its 35,000th moulder off of its “Montage 1” assembly line. This assembly line of machines for solid wood processing was first developed by the company in 1970.

The first assembly line produced included 26 workstations, and in 2007, the average throughput time for a Weinig moulder was reduced to currently 10 working days.

The line currently produces the premium Powermat 600, 1200 and 2400 models, which also account for the majority of sales revenue from Weinig’s core business of planing and profiling machines. The Powermat 1200 was the machine that marked the 35,000 milestone off the assembly line, which was delivered to Sörnsen Holzleisten GmbH, based in northern Germany.

The company says that if all machines produced on the “Montage 1” assembly line were arranged in a row, they would stretch more than 175 kilometers, with 7 million working hours having been spent on the production line. The line has generated billions of euros in sales, according to CEO Wolfgang Pöschl.

“The assembly line has not least made an important contribution to creating jobs in Tauberbischofsheim,” said Pöschl.

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August 29, 2013 at 7:00 am

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