NOAA hurricane outlook indicates an above-normal Atlantic season

May 26, 2011

The Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. Across the entire Atlantic basin for the six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA is predicting 12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 …

Ronstan Intl. wins design award

May 18, 2011

Ronstan International, which manufactures winches, hardware and accessories for sailing and is based in Melbourne, Australia, was recently honored with a Red Dot design award. The company’s new Core Block Series received the product design award. Established in 1955, the Red Dot awards committee comprises 36 independent design experts from all parts of the globe. …

Ostrich-inspired Ossie collection by Enduratex makes its debut

May 10, 2011

Enduratex (China General Plastics Corp. of America, CGPC) has announced the release of Ossie, a unique faux leather product with a rich appearance designed for high-end applications. Developed as a top-of-the-line faux leather product, Ossie is the newest offering in the Endurasoft contract catalog, and will be available in 13 SKUs. “Ossie is an exotic …

Simple storage

May 1, 2011

Use rain gutters as storage for ends of tables and next to sewing machines. Problem Small tools and marking pens are often hard to find and can get misplaced around the shop or under projects on the work table. Solution Build a simple storage compartment with lengths of vinyl gutter and end caps for holding …

Mooring cover redo

Project: All canvas eventually wears, and my customer badly needed a mooring cover for the spring season. We decided on Top Notch fabric to replace the existing cover, which had stretched over the years. The two-piece design simplifies installation and offers coverage to the bow forward of the windshield and the cockpit. Seams are top-stitched …

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Market your quality

By Naseem Mauddi Developing and executing a well-planned marketing strategy for your fabrication and upholstery shop can help increase profits and propel it to new levels of success. With so many proven methods available, including fliers, commercials, sponsorships and special promotions, the possibilities are endless. However, none of these marketing tools will make a difference …

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Customer satisfaction: deciding to fix, replace or throw

The first rule in selling a product or service is to listen to the customer’s wants and needs. Then try to figure out a way to satisfy those wants and needs. This seemed to be a much easier task before the economic hiccup that we have endured. Years ago, doing a bid for upholstery was …

Fabricating a bimini

Bimini top: Start to finish At Hood Canvas, we start the process of fabricating our “Flat Liner” biminis by setting up the frame with stanchion bars at each end. Then we run a strap from the aft bow to the forward bow, under all the mid bows. Now we pull the straps tight along the …

Hummer golf cart

Outstanding Achievement Award | Signature CanvasMakers | Hampton, Va. This project won a 2011 MFA Outstanding Achievement Award in the miscellaneous category. It called for a full enclosure for a high-end, street-legal H2 Hummer golf cart. This golf cart is one of only six currently in use in the United States. Project data Designer: Chandler …

Gazebo completion

Outstanding Achievement Award | The Nautical Needle | Holland, Mich. This project won a 2011 MFA Outstanding Achievement Award in the miscellaneous category. It involved a gazebo that has been in the making for five years, and this was the year for completion. The gazebo has air and heat, a fireplace, sink, stove, marble counter …