October 2, 2015
Manufacturing Day 2015

April 12-15, 2016
Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC)
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Cancun, Mexico


Manufacturing Q4 Update featuring Dr. Chad Moutray
Webcast on Thursday, October 15, 2015
11:00 am
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National Association of Manufacturers Monday Economic Report: September 28, 2015
The global manufacturing sector continued to show signs of struggle in data released last week, with a number of headwinds dampening demand and production. Read more ...

Manufacturers' Outlook Survey - Second Quarter 2015
The results indicate the manufacturing economy is growing, but at a much slower pace than the more robust levels experienced just a few months ago. The results also serve as an indicator of continued economic and political headwinds that manufacturers face. Find out more about the numbers and what they mean by visiting the survey's new landing page.


Manufacturing Day 2015
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It occurs on October 2, 2015. The Manufacturing Institute provides videos on why Manufacturing Day matters, how it can help you, and how you can participate. Read more ...

Construction Spending Remains Strong In July, Up 13.7% Over The Past Year. Read more...

Woodworking Network
For iPhone 6 Plus, Add a New Generation of Wood Cases

Wood products shops making accessories for electronics have to hustle as new technology releases arrive. The release of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus - Apple's most popular phone ever - requires a slew of new wood case design. Each phone model provides unique challenges - changes in dimensions, positions of ports, etc.  Because Apple is secretive about its new phone models, wood case makers don't have a chance to engineer their products prior to introduction. in Portland, OR,which has been selling iPhone wood cases since 2009, is still developing its iPhone 6S/Plus models.An early arrival on the iPhone case scene, Grovemade originated phone cases in bamboo, then diversified into fine hardwoods like walnut. Grovemade precision cuts cases on Haas CNCs, and hand finishes each one. 

Grovemade CNC production

Grovemade customers are clamoring for new model cases to fit the latest iPhones. "We understand you're eager to get the new case and we're just as eager to make these available. However, we also want to make sure that when we release a case it fits perfectly and has been thoroughly tested...we definitely know that the case itself and the timeline may not work for everyone but we're really grateful for all the patience and support from our loyal customers," the company said recently at Facebook.

Another example of a business centered on iPhones is KERF, founded in 2013 by Ben Saks, and "rooted in a passion for craft and an exacting attention to fine details" exactly like the phone. Saks, a designer, says he was unsatisfied with existing wood iPhone cases.

Kerf cases in spalted maple and bercote. 

While working at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Architecture, he spent an evening in the wood shop and created the first KERF case. Over the course of six months, the KERF design was revised, tested, and revised again. In 2014 Dan Lynch, a Pittsburgh native and avid woodworker, joined the Kerf Team, become a partner. He makes use of cutting edge parametric design to implement continuous improvements to the Kerf product line. Perhaps for this reason Kerf has its cases on the market. 

The Pittsburgh, PA, business takes its name, naturally, from the term for the thickness of material removed from a saw blade which it measures in 1/1000 of an inch. "This standard woodworking term is important to KERF’s philosophy, as it represents the precision needed to make our cases."
Kerf cases in production
Kerf Cases use a patent-pending technology to hold a phone inside the case using friction, so no part of the front of a phone is obscured. Machined from a single piece of wood, the case is precise to 1/1000 of an inch and slips on and off. The approach involves lining the inside edges with thin cork, which grips the phone with a high coefficient of friction. The cork compresses slightly when the iPhone is inserted. It also serves as padding and absorbs shifts if wood experiences thermal expansion.
Kerf Sycamore wood case for iPhone 6 Plus
A Sycamore Wood case for the  iPhone 6 Plus is a good example of KERF's offerings. Prixed at $249, it is machined from a single piece of quarter sawn wood and lined with natural cork.
Resin stabilized and dyed using a two-color process, it is hand-sanded to 1200 grit and rubbed with a two part finish. Adding to its earth-loving bona fides, the Sycamore is reclaimed from a storm damaged tree. 
Kerf sources hardwoods "that no other case maker can offer; we specialize in highly figured, quartersawn, and live edge cases." 

Posted: 10/09/2015

Amazon Takes Aim at Etsy with Handmade at Amazon

SEATTLE-  Etsy is in the cross-hairs of online retail behemoth Amazon, which formally launched Handmade at Amazon, a retail site for hand crafted goods. Amazon, which has been inviting woodworkers and other crafters to join, says items sold there are to be factory-free, handcrafted goods, and are supplied from more than 60 countries.

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) says its Handmade at Amazon store features "genuinely handmade items crafted and sold directly from artisans." This could be seen as a jab at Etsy's recent decision to allow its wood crafting and other retailers to hire factories. It also helps distinguish Amazon's crafted items from eBay and other online resellers.

Etsy Invites Manufacturers to Supply Its Sellers

Etsy is opening Etsy Manufacturing, a marketplace for its online sellers to find and connect directly with manufacturers. The move is a departure from its individual crafter-sales model.

Handmade at Amazon product categories include jewelry, home décor, artwork, stationery and party supplies, kitchen and dining, and furniture. Total offerings at today's launch include 80,000 handcrafted items - 9,000 from California, 2,700 from North Carolina, 12 from Albania, 3,700 from the U.K. -  from 5,000 vendors. 

In the Furniture category, there are 56 furnishings made of wood for sale (16 of them from Italy).  Overall there are 166 furnishings priced above $200, including solid Yellow Pine wood table by Mark at Ekisma in Florida, retailing at $1,999.

Yellow Pine wood table by Mark at Ekisma in Florida

“We have designed a custom shopping experience for customers looking for handmade items by bringing together many of the best artisans in the world, and they’re adding thousands of items daily,” said Peter Faricy, VP for Amazon Marketplace.

“Knowing an item has a unique story behind it creates a personal experience that customers have told us makes owning handmade items special."

Handmade at Amazon has structural advantages over Etsy - given the 285 million Amazon shoppers who will be exposed to it. Etsy has 22 million regular shoppers. The numbers of wood products and dollar volume sold by Amazon will be significant. Competition for online custom wood sales has already marginalized, a once leading custom woodworking e-tailer.

A&K Woodworking, Austin, TX, pictured at Handmade at Amazon

Among companies at Handmade at Amazon are A&K Woodworking in Austin, Texas - featured in a promotional video -  and  Wood Ohio, operated by Eric Unangst - who also has a shop at Etsy.

Handmade at Amazon allows customers to shop by country, from more than 60 countries. International items cited by Amazon in the announcement include walnut cufflinks from Australia and handcrafted wooden lamps from Italy.

A furniture maker at Handmade by Amazon

Similar to Etsy and, and different than the regular Amazon site, the Handmade at Amazon artisans have a profile page that describes how their products are made. Shop locally by finding artisans in all 50 states.


Amazon says more than 600 handmade items are Prime eligible with more being added each day. Every Handmade product page contains a location icon identifying where the artisan is based, along with a link to the artisan’s profile.  From Amazon's main site, adding the word "handmade" to searches calls up the offerings at the Handmade by Amazon site.

Posted: 10/08/2015


Woodworking Magazine for the Professional Woodworker | Woodshop News
Shut it down!

Not talking about the Beach Boys song. But I find myself thinking that the maturity level of our current leaders is far below the level implied in that song.

Posted: 10/09/2015

Joining the future

The fanciest joinery in the world isn’t always the best choice for a particular project. Sometimes simpler is better.

Posted: 10/09/2015


Current News:

The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) has announced the winner of its Ralph B. Baldwin Award, the association's highest honor. The award was presented to John Schultz, past president of the Association. Announcement of the award was made at the Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), which took place at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. Full information is available here.

IWF: And the Final Numbers Are...

The final numbers for IWF 2014 are in, and they're nothing short of phenomenal. The total at-show attendance (all days) was 23,463, which broke down as follows:
Attendance (General):
Verified: Advance-Registered: 7,422
Verified: On-site Registered (includes press, speakers, students): 6,915
Unspecified: 63
Total Verified Buyers: 14,400
Exhibiting Personnel: 9,063

Mark your calendar for the next IWF, August 24-27, 2016, and get ready for your own impressive numbers.

Hear what current WMMA members are saying about the valuable benefits and the many rewards of WMMA membership.

ANSI Update
The ASCO1 has developed a new standard entitled O1.1-4 Safety Requirements for Shapers. On September 4th the public review period for the O1.1-4 standard was announced in ANSI Standards Action.  If you are interested in reviewing a copy of the draft standard, contact  Comments are due by November 3, 2015.

A revision of the ANSI standard O1.1-1, entitled 01.1-1 (2015) Safety Requirements for Fixed Angle Jump Saws, has been published is available for purchase through the ANSI e-standard store. WMMA Members are entitled to receive one complimentary copy of the standard per company upon request. Click here if you are interested in receiving a copy of the standard.

The Cutting Edge, WMMA's monthly e-publication

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Press Releases

September 23, 2015
WMMA Wraps Up Successful Legislative Fly-In

May 14, 2015
WMMA Announces Publication of Revised ANSI O1.1-1 Standard (2015) Safety Requirements for Fixed Angle Jump Saws

May 5, 2015
WMMA Offers Industry Resources at LIGNA

April 27, 2015
WMMA Announces New Board of Directors

April 23, 2015
WMMA Past President, John Schultz, Wins Baldwin Award

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