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Leitz supplies tooling for Peyton woodworking training center

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Students in the Peyton Woods Wood Manufacturing Training Program will learn and practice their new skills in this fully-outfitted shop environment.

Leitz Tooling has become a featured supplier for the new career technical education model for public education, currently being outfitted in a school in Peyton, Colorado.

The program is being led by Dean Mattson, recipient of the WMIA Wooden Globe Award for Education, and will initially be targeted at high school students as part of the Career Technical Education curriculum. The program will eventually be expanded to offer training for graduate students, returning veterans and other instructors.

“We know the future of our industry probably doesn’t have their driver’s license yet,” said Mike Lind, CEO.  “It’s critical that programs like Dean has developed offer current technologies and capabilities so graduates are ready to contribute.”

Many other leading industry suppliers are also helping out with donations ranging from CNC machinery to hand tools, with a total value currently estimated at more than $2.5M.  For more information contact Dean Mattson at or by phone at 719-749-2330.


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October 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Madison College hosts open house

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Over 50 industry professionals gathered recently to attend an open house held by the Cabinetmaking & Millwork program at Madison College in Wisconsin. The event was sponsored by Rangate, a supplier of quality woodworking tooling and equipment for the window, door, and millwork industry. Attendees learned how to build a European tilt & turn window.

In addition to manufacturing the window unit, attendees had the opportunity to experience a number of presentations on topics related to window manufacturing, including tooling, hardware, and finishing. Representatives from Gemini Coatings, Soukup America, and Zuani Tooling were on hand for the event. Following the three hour event, Rangate provided dinner and a social hour for all participants.

Rangate also provided over $12,000 in tooling on loan to the college.

For more information about this event or other seminars, contact: Patrick Molzahn at or at 608.246.6842

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October 7, 2015 at 7:00 am

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AWC now an AIA CES approved provider

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The American Wood Council (AWC) has been approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System as a provider of continuing education.

“This approval provides additional opportunities for AWC’s education programs, especially for building officials who require AIA credits for licensing,” said AWC Vice President of Technology Transfer John “Buddy” Showalter.

The approval will apply to certain AWC live webinars and seminars.

Courses that are currently AIA approved include:

  • Development of Wood Products LCA Data and Its Usage in Green Building (GB 300)
  • 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic Overview and Changes (STD 415)
  • International Building Code Essentials for Wood Construction (BCD 410-3)
  • Seismic and Wind Design Considerations for Wood Framed Structures (DES 414-1)

More than 30 courses are also offered in AWC’s complimentary self-directed online program. The courses are completed by watching a video or reading a document and then taking an online quiz, all at the user’s pace. Continuing education units are processed immediately.

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April 29, 2015 at 7:00 am

American Wood Council announces self-directed study program

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The American Wood Council (AWC) is now offering a complimentary self-directed learning program on designing with wood. Courses are related to the use of traditional and engineered wood products for residential and commercial applications and are available on the AWC website,

The program allows those seeking continuing education unit (CEU) credits and others wanting to learn proper wood design to work at their own pace. Users will watch a video or read a document and then answer a series of questions as a means of review and measurement for awarding CEUs. Courses and credits are processed immediately after quiz completion.

Nine courses are currently available for CEU credit and are certified by the International Code Council and/or the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations:

BCD 302 Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide (DCA6 – 2012 IRC version)

BCD 410-1 International Building Code Essentials

STD 315 2012 Wood Frame Construction Manual Changes

DES 413 Shear Wall Design

DES 411A – Seismic-Resistive Design of Wood Buildings

DES 420A – Wind-Resistive Design of Wood Buildings

BCD 200A – Fire Protection in Wood Buildings

MAT 240A – Cross Laminated Timber

GB 200A – Wood and Environmental Product Declarations

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December 5, 2014 at 7:00 am

Oneida Air Systems names Future Craftsmen scholarship winners

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Oneida Air Systems announced the first two winners of the Oneida Air Systems Future Craftsmen scholarship. This monetary award was created to foster and support students who are studying to be the next generation of American craftsmen in wood.

The first winner is Meredith Hart from the North Bennet  Street School in Boston. She is a furniture maker who will graduate in June and hopefully will go on to a fulfilling career as an American craftsman. Examples of her work can be viewed at

Our second winner is Will Barstow, a junior in Furniture Design in the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. Barstow is a dedicated and talented student who is honing his skills as another future American craftsman.

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April 22, 2014 at 7:00 am

Woodworking trade school recreates pre-Civil War courthouse

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Students from a Texas vocational school are building a replica of an old courthouse dating back from before Civil War.

Bill Carney, a teacher at Chattanooga Woodworking Academy leads the aspiring construction crew in the project according to an article from WRCB-TV.

“We don’t know exactly what it looks like because all the records were burned in a fire in 1910,” said Carney. “We’re just going on family records, and we think we’ve got a pretty good picture of what it is.”

While there are no exact details of the courthouse’s original appearance, the students are still going for the opportunity.

The school opened in December 2012 with the purpose of training carpenters by unorthodox methods. It is the only one of its kind in Texas.

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April 16, 2014 at 7:00 am

Arizona teacher to add CNC machines to classroom

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A highschool woodworking teacher in Kingman, Ariz., strives to impart valuable skill sets to students before releasing them into job market.

Calvin Kupser has fought to provide updated and advanced equipment for his students. Recently he requested $50,000 for six ShopBot CNC desktop routers for students, as reported by the Daily Miner.

“The old-school method of cutting boards with a table saw and other traditional woodworking tools is a lost art,” said Kupser, after he received the funds. “Using a CNC is cutting edge, because everything is automated on it.

More companies are using them, and students can venture into all kinds of career areas if they know how to use them.”

Kupser teaches these skills are always in demand for employers.

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April 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

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