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AWFS student winners receive newspaper coverage

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NewsOK, a news source in Oklahoma, has recently published an article pertaining to two student winners of the AWFS Fair Fresh Wood Competition, a woodworking contest open to all North American students.

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Two recent graduates of Mustang High School in Oklahoma, Brittany Hoffmeier and Kayla Dean took first and second place in their respective categories. Hoffmeier, took first place in the seating category with her Sam Maloof rocking chair replica, and Kayla Dean placed second in the open division with a cradle.

Mike McGarry, woodworking instructor at the school, said it was the best Mustang students have done in the contest. Mustang has had five students make it to the competition since 2007, with honorable mention the highest recognition before this year.

“It was great,” McGarry said. “And the neatest thing about the whole thing is these are two girls who have grown up together and are very good friends. They were together the day the show called to tell them they made it into the show as finalists.”

http://newsok.com/article/5440933

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August 31, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Interior Design Society seeks speakers for 2016 conference

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The Interior Design Society (IDS) has announced a call for speakers for its 2016 national conference. The conference will be held March 31 and April 1 of next year at the Dallas Market Center in Texas. Thought leaders in all areas of residential interior design and related fields are encouraged to submit proposals to the IDS national office by close of business September 30.

The two-day professional development conference will feature a mix of break-out sessions, a keynote address and one opening session speaker on topics influencing the business of interior design today. The conference draws approximately 100 – 150 interior designers and individuals in related fields from across the country, including entry-level practitioners to design professionals.

“Our annual national conference enables attendees to build a base of knowledge on relevant topics pertaining to the interior design industry,” said Snoa Garrigan, IDS national executive director. “Professional development is a core value of IDS and we strive to provide quality speakers for the advancement of our members and their businesses.”

Click here to apply.

www.interiordesignsociety.org

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August 31, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Amerock enhances ordering process with new portal

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A screenshot of Amerock’s new dealer portal, AmerockGo.

Amerock Hardware, a manufacturer of decorative home hardware, has introduced AmerockGo, a new dealer portal designed to provide improved account accessibility and a more streamlined product ordering process.

The new portal offers an improved shopping experience. AmerockGo provides easy access for dealers to place orders, check on an order status, request complimentary sample products, and browse the complete Amerock product library.  AmerockGo also provides two-way communication with the company’s master order system to give dealers 24/7 access.

“The new portal will support seamless two-way communication so that customers will be able to place an order and track it right in the portal to receive an up-to-the-minute order status,” said Kathy Wigginton, senior manager of customer service, Amerock Hardware.

www.amerockgo.com

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Luthier makes bar top a work of musical art

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James Ringelspaugh, a luthier from Raleigh, North Carolina, designed these bar tops for a local bar, Ruby Deluxe. <!–
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A local guitar maker’s musical illusions have come to life at a Raleigh bar.

Ruby Deluxe, a soon-to-open nightspot on Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street, seems like a pretty standard downtown watering hole. Until you walk up to the bar and look down to see a startlingly cool piece of art-installation decor.

Under the bar top’s clear surface is a series of seemingly real guitars and ukuleles, all mounted with bridges and strings. They’re not actual instruments, but the details are realistic enough to draw how’d-they-do-that doubletakes from almost everyone who sees them.

“The first thing people do,” says managing partner Van Alston, “is look under the bar to see how thick it is, and if the bottoms of the guitars are down there.”

These highly convincing illusions are the work of James “Ringo” Ringelspaugh, a local luthier. And even though this was a pro bono project, he put as much (and possibly even more) effort into it as the acoustic guitars he custom-builds. See a full gallery of his work here.

“It was a lot of the same stuff as guitar-building, hammering in the bridges and tightening the strings, making all the angles work out,” Ringelspaugh says. “Everything’s anatomically correct, so to speak, and I wanted to design these so they’d look real. In a lot of ways, they are. The strings aren’t really tuned, but they are under tension. Although …”

He pauses to laugh before continuing.

“As far as you know, they’re perfectly in tune. So let’s say they are.”

Ruby Deluxe’s bar top runs parallel to Davie Street outside, and it has patterns of six Fender electric guitars and four smaller ukuleles. Ringelspaugh custom-labeled the neck of one of the Fender patterns as a “Ruby Deluxe Barcaster.”

“That one is made of birdseye maple, which is probably the only local wood in here,” Ringelspaugh says, identifying some of the other exotic woods he used – Mexican ziricote, sipo mahogany from Africa, macassar ebony from Indonesia. In addition to building instruments, Ringelspaugh also sells wood.

“Selling wood is actually what pays the bills, pretty much,” he says. “Everything else I do is just gravy. Sort of like the only way for an artist to make a living is to sell paints and brushes, I sell wood. Put all the pieces together and it’s a living.”

Making the Ruby Deluxe guitars was a painstaking process that took about four months. Ringelspaugh cut guitar-shaped templates and used those and a router to gouge out matching gaps in the bar-top wood. Then he mounted the pieces and strings. Multiple resin coats encased the whole thing in a half-inch clear layer.

But what launched the whole thing was a more modest idea. Ringelspaugh was a regular at one of Alston’s other bars, Slim’s, and Alston had commissioned him to custom build a few guitars over the years – paid for one 12-ounce bottle at a time.

“We’ve never exchanged a dime of actual money,” Alston says. “We do it in trade and whenever we get to where Ringo is level on beer, he’ll let me know: ‘It’s time for you to come up with another project for me to do.’”

That next project came up this past spring, when Alston was starting up Ruby Deluxe with majority owner Timothy Lemuel. Alston was at Ringelspaugh’s house, saw a pile of scrap-guitar parts and asked if they could use them for bar-top decoration.

Ringelspaugh agreed and set to tinkering and pondering. There was no deadline and he kept at it until deciding to try a grand experiment.

“Basically, I had too much time to think about it,” he says. “Very seldom do I go nuts, do something way over the top. The more I thought about it, the more I realized this was a rare opportunity to have something really big and ambitious in a public space.”

The first one took about three weeks. When summoned to Ringelspaugh’s workshop for a look, Alston and Lemuel were astonished at what he’d come up with.

“It was so far beyond anything I’d imagined, I was tickled pink with actual goosebumps,” Alston says. “I thought, ‘Damn, we are gonna be the coolest-looking bar top in town.’ So I gave him a deadline and he finished two weeks early.”

Once the bar-top sections were on the Ruby Deluxe premises, local industrial artist Nate Sheaffer (who also did the bicycle-themed artwork for Raleigh’s Crank Arm Brewery) poured the resin to seal up each piece.

“You don’t want to pour resin too deep at a time because you have an exothermic reaction,” says Sheaffer. “It puts out a fair amount of heat. We did it slowly so as not to warp or crack any of the material.”

It took four one-eighth-inch pourings over two days, followed by several more days of curing, before the work was ready for display.

“They’re amazing,” says Lemuel. “A good thing to stare at while having a drink.”

As usual, no money changed hands. But Ringelspaugh has a hefty credit at Ruby Deluxe.

“There’s absolutely no telling how much this would have cost if he’d charged us,” says Alston. “My guess would be 25 to $30,000. I don’t see $1,000 a foot as being too far off, given how much time and effort it took.”

Ringelspaugh plans to do some hanging around the bar to see people’s reactions (“without being too creepy about it”). And even he will probably stare at them a bit himself. They are kind of mesmerizing.

“I hope I’ve raised the bar a little bit,” he says. “I never paid much attention to the actual bars in bars. But I have a feeling it will be tough to ignore this one.”

See the full News Observer story here: http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/on-the-beat-blog/article30393537.html#storylink=cpy.

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August 28, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Sovereign Machine changes ownership

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Jim Faber, new owner of Sovereign Machine.

Sovereign Machine, a glue pot rebuilder for edgebanding equipment, has been purchased by Jim Faber of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The transaction was completed in February.

“I am looking forward to working with the team at Sovereign Machine.  They have produced quality work over the years and I know we can build on the great foundation that has been laid.”

www.sovereignmachine.com

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August 28, 2015 at 7:00 am

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CMA elects officers for 2015-2016 term

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The Cabinet Makers Association has announced the results of their annual election for the organization’s board of directors.

Matt Krig of Northland Woodworks, Blaine, Minnesota, was re-elected as president of the CMA for the 2015-16 year.  The other officers also remain the same: Keith Kreppein of Olde Saratoga Millwork, South Glen Falls, New York, will continue as vice president, David Buchsbaum of Beacon Custom Woodwork, Atlanta, Georgia, as secretary, and Scott Comstock of Woodperfect Custom Cabinetry, Forney, Texas, was also elected to serve another term as the treasurer.

The CMA welcomed newly-elected director Keith Smith of Keith Smith Custom Builders, Greer, South Carolina, who will join the existing directors at large Mike Mitchell of Burger Boat, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and Leland Thomasset of Taghkanic Woodworking, Pawling, New York.

Completing his term and exiting the board of directors is Tracy Yarborough of Maple River Woodworks, South Carolina, who was also a past CMA president. The CMA expressed gratitude and best wishes to Yarborough for the length of his service and his work for the betterment of the association during his term.

The CMA is a professional organization where cabinetmakers and woodworkers from both the residential and commercial markets get together and share their hard earned knowledge and experience to help one another. For more information, visit www.cabinetmakers.org.

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August 27, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Six students recognized for exceptional woodturning

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The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) has announced the winners of the first Turning to the Future competition and juried exhibit, which promotes opportunities in woodturning and showcases student woodturning talent. Six students were recognized with awards for their remarkable woodturning work on at the AWFS Fair, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, as follows:

High School Division Winners

  • First place: Michael Andersen, Homeschool, Chama, New Mexico, “Twisting Wings”
  • Second place: Kailee Bosch, Poudre High School, Fort Collins, Colorado, “Discovery”
  • Honorable mention: Miguel Ingles, Cedar Ridge High School, Hillsborough, North Carolina, “Triple Helix”

Collegiate Division Winners

  • First place: Carrie Etherington, Brigham Young University, Lehi, Utah, “African Box”
  • Second place: Taima Krayem, North Bennett Street School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, “Rings Bowl”
  • Honorable mention: Danielle Heckman, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, “Candlestick”

The first place winner of each division received $500 and a Rikon 7-220VSR midilathe; second place received $100; and honorable mention received $50. Each winner will also receive a complimentary registration for AAW’s Annual International Symposium, as well as a subscription to the American Woodturner journal, the foremost publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world. The lathes and cash prizes were generously donated by Rikon Power Tools.

To view the 2015 AAW Turning to the Future winners and their pieces, click here.

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August 27, 2015 at 7:00 am

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