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Beyond Style: Selling Design in 2021

Whose design is it anyway? For residential wood-products retailers and installers, there may be interest in a study from the Real American Hardwood Promotion Coalition (RAHCP). The RAHCP was formed in 2019 to identify opportunities and…

A Fresh Start

We’ve seen a lot of change in 2020. Most of it big, some of it scary, but hopefully some of it good. This last year allowed some of us to step back and take stock of what is important in our lives and encouraged us to appreciate the little…

Always forward

What goes around comes around. It’s an adage that so aptly fits my musings today. Twelve years ago, I left Wood Industry and semi-retired to work on giving back to the industry that I had so much fun being a part of over the previous 20…

Review or regret

Pay attention to employment contracts MANY EMPLOYERS RELY UPON standard form employment contracts, believing that they are sufficient to meet their specific hiring needs. However, employers should have experienced employment law…

Tracking beneficial owners

New record-keeping requirements In case you missed it, you may be surprised to find out that the Canada Business Corporation Act (the “CBCA”) has recently been amended on a couple of occasions to introduce new record-keeping…

Arrogance earned

Nakashima, Maloof and Castle In the early ‘70s, there was a show called WoodenWorks at the Renwick Gallery, which is a part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Now we would describe it as a show of studio furniture, then…

Contracts and Covid-19

Understand obligations during pandemic disruption As Covid-19 continues its rapid spread throughout the globe, it brings with it unprecedented disruption to every aspect of our lives, both personal and business. While our health,…

The wood trades

Specialties keeping tradition alive Wood certainly isn’t a sticky material. It’s fairly easy to reduce a large volume of wood into smaller ones, if you understand its propensity to split along its grain. But it is altogether another…

Blood from a stone

Three ways the law helps with collection The last thing a creditor would want, after spending significant time and money in suing a debtor, is a “paper judgment” worth no more than the paper it is printed on. The term is often used to…

Tool cabinet reborn

A journeyman’s graduation project In 1972, as a very recent design-school graduate, I spent some time as a private student of Jim Krenov. This Russian- born, American- and Swedish- based cabinetmaker had been introduced to me by my…