Quilt stitching and CNC sewing

July 1, 2021

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 routine marine upholstery product. Computerized …

Wallcoverings for vessel interiors

By Terri Madden and Alayna Wool Wall panels and headliners make a statement when entering the saloon of a yacht. Much like the color or texture of the walls of your home, wall panels and headliners are items that cannot be overlooked—especially when they start to sag and age. Fresh wall panels truly enhance the …

Increase your efficiency

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 operate less efficiently than they could be.  …

Elevate your canvas skills

May 1, 2021

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. This mindset …

Advanced cushion fabrication

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. If a project requires a …

Technology is no longer the future—it’s now

March 1, 2021

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 …

Making custom projects look easy

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 to work with …

Working successfully in tight interior spaces

January 1, 2021

By Terri Madden and Alayna Wool Before signing a client contract for a new interior project, it’s important to consider any unforeseen obstacles you might encounter on the job. This will help you surpass your client’s expectations and prevent profits from withering away due to having to work overtime. Pre-production communication is key to a …

Track-to-track enclosure fabrication

By Mark Hood, MFC At Hood Canvas, we fabricate rigid panels frequently. We have devised a method of fabricating these panels that is more mainstream than our usual method of fabrication where we face zippers to hide them. In this article, we will fabricate a pair of sample enclosure panels start to finish using Marine …

Books that improved me and my business

Self-education comes in many forms. By Chris Ritsema  Education is a valuable asset when it comes to success in life and business. Going to college is the standard road map many people use to get an education that helps them succeed, but I never really enjoyed the classroom. I wanted to get out and get …