Increase your efficiency

July 1, 2021  |  Business, Shop Techniques

Seven steps every business can take, from organizing more to doing less.  by Laurie F. Junker No business owner wants to waste time and money, have frustrated employees, and risk customer relationships with mistakes and delays. But the truth is that all of these things happen when businesses operat…
Quilt stitching and CNC sewing

July 1, 2021  |  Exterior, Shop Techniques

By Mike and John Erickson In the last few years, quilt stitching on cushions has become very popular in the marine upholstery industry. The trend started with high-end car interiors and has made its way into the marine industry over time. Quilt stitching adds an elegant decorative effect to any rout…
Elevate your canvas skills

May 1, 2021  |  Exterior, Shop Techniques

Think outside the box. By Mike Charlton At Charlton’s Marine Canvas in Yorktown, Va., my wife, Rachel Charlton, and I are a two-person team, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. In our shop, we like to think of our work as creative art projects rather than products. Every project is different.…
Advanced cushion fabrication

May 1, 2021  |  Interior, Shop Techniques

By Mark Hood, MFC Compartment cushions can be challenging to fabricate. In this article, we will go step-by-step to fabricate a sample compartment cushion with a knee rise, starting with patterning the seating area for our foam. The pattern will be the finished cushion size to fit the cavity exactly…
Technology is no longer the future—it’s now

March 1, 2021  |  Exterior

By Darren Arthur So, what is all this buzz about technology within the marine canvas industry? Some use it, some don’t, but within the next few years most of us will. Tech is having a big impact on our industry, and you should be aware of how it impacts you. Past, present, future Looking back &hel…
Inspiration

March 1, 2021  |  Shop Techniques

Award of Excellence/Award of Distinction (Upholstery) Marine Exterior Upholstery B’s Kustom KreationsJefferson City, Mo. U.S.A. www.bkkllc.com This elegant project by B’s Kustom Kreations won an Award of Excellence in the Marine Exterior Upholstery category and an Award of Distinction i…
Making custom projects look easy

March 1, 2021  |  Interior

by Terri Madden and Alayna Wool A frequent challenge of our job as marine fabricators is making new marine interiors look like they could be featured in a Hollywood movie. Custom jobs require the skill set and flexibility to accommodate demands out in the field as well as the knowledge and expertise…
Inspiration

January 1, 2021  |  Shop Techniques

Marine FabricationHawkes Bay Trim and CanvasHastings, Hawkes Bay, NZ hbtrimandcanvas@xtra.co.nz The project goal was to update an existing canopy and undertake a complete interior fit-out, which included all new linings and new seating on this live-a-board yacht. Project challenges included working…