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Industry Transformation

As we look to the future, it’s clear the next big step toward sustainable development involves the increased use of mass timber and a greater degree of off-site prefabrication. Factory-built solutions are the key to the significant gains in…

Unbuilding to Build Something New

The cost of materials - lumber in particular - has been staggering for the last year or so. While it looks like it’s finally starting to drop, this has negatively impacted many businesses. One business that it benefitted, however, was…

In cahoots with the competition

After the summer issue of Wood Industry magazine came out, Chris McKaskell of McKaskell Haindel Design Build reached out to me. He told me that my editor’s note on the importance of community in our industry spoke to him because of how…

Leading people to better processes

Ric Ptak has almost 40 years of experience in manufacturing. He began his career as a journeyman cabinetmaker then transitioned into leadership as plant manager of a large millwork shop with 75 employees. Ptak became a Duha Centre of…

Rosehill: Offering a personal touch

Rosehill Woodcrafters was founded in 1993 in MacGregor, Manitoba, by President Harvey Boehlig. Rosehill has grown to more than 20 employees and services Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Western Ontario from small beginnings in a one-person shop.…

Standardizing your processes

As the manager of a small millwork company, I hear a lot of frustration from our employees surrounding foundational processes on topics such as: sanding, finishing, edge banding, time off, out-of-office procedures, and more. These were…

Art to display art

The redesigning of the Raven’s Trove at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in downtown Vancouver was a near-perfect project for my studio: requiring all my talents and skills as a creative, industrial designer, woodworker, project…