Other stories by Rick Schwolsky

  • Site Commander Winner!

    Minnesota custom home builder Larry Allar stepped across the racetrack at the LENOX 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, picked up the keys to the Site Commander Sweepstakes grand prize, and drove off with the most awesome work truck on the planet. Allar, a longtime Tools of the Trade reader and...

  • Sitelines: Retool for Green

    There's a lot of talk these days about how the green economy is going to revitalize our industry – especially through energy-related upgrades to existing buildings – and how, when markets for new homes recover, they will be distinctly greener. I couldn't agree more. Working to improve the energy...

  • 2009 Site Commander Winner Drives Off with Grand Prize

    With the roar of 101,000 NASCAR fans greeting him, Larry Allar stepped across the race track at the LENOX 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, picked up the keys to the Site Commander Sweepstakes grand prize, and drove off with the most awesome work truck on the planet.

  • Cutting Edge: "The Old Saw Man"

    Tools of the Trade magazine presented its first Lifetime Achievement Award to living legend Marshall Burns at the JLC Live Show in Providence, R.I., in March. Burns started working with his father in 1937 making saw blades, often traveling to remote sawmills in the Maine woods to set up the...

  • 2008 Site Commander Tour: Three for the Road

    What do you get when you combine ingenious features, breakthrough products and technologies, amazing craftsmanship, and the best brands in the business? This year's Site Commander. We've built some pretty cool Site Commanders over the eight-year history of this program, but this year tops them all...

  • Optimistic Road Trip

    No doubt, these are strange times in our industry. From manufacturers to suppliers to contractors--even magazine editors--we're all adjusting to changing conditions and the latest reports on the worsening economy. It isn't easy to find good news these days, that's for sure, and optimists are few...

  • Net Play

    With the Olympics and U.S. Open tennis championships just concluded, I am still well within the statute of limitations on using a sports analogy to make a business point–especially a tennis analogy.

  • Tool Test: 12-Inch Miter Saws

  • Site Commander Update

    I just got back from the Detroit custom shop where we're building the three 2008 TOOLS of the Trade Site Commanders for this year's LENOX-sponsored tour. The Dodge 5500's with their Reading Body units are in a secure work bay at Special Projects, ready for the rest of their customization before...

  • Re-Do-It Yourself

    I used to build a lot of second homes for lawyers, stock traders, accountants, and a couple of TV and movie execs. And based on the frequent calls I received during the week from their New York, Boston, and L.A. offices, it was clear that their minds were never far from their projects. They'd show...