Inspiration

January 1, 2021

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 on multiple platforms and at different times around many tradespeople. The patterning took place while …

Clever upholstery designs

The Clever Collection from Knoll includes four upholstery styles, all durable to 100,000 double rubs and all celebrating the clever geometry of spider webs. Created with an innovative and proprietary process, In Step’s graphic pattern is a translation of dew drops balancing on a spider web. Tempest is a dimensional texture with a mixture of …

Working successfully in tight interior spaces

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 …

2022, 2023 MFA Conference dates, locations set

Despite the cancellation of the 2021 Marine Fabricators Conference, plans for future conferences are picking up steam. The 2022 Marine Fabricators Conference will be held Jan. 13-15, 2022, at Wild Dunes Charleston’s Island Resort, Isle of Palms, S.C. For those disappointed about not attending this year’s conference in New Orleans, take heart because the 2023 …

Wider patterning fabric

Polyfab USA has added 4-meter-wide (157-inch-wide) rolls to its line of Patternpro™ Ultra Stable Patterning Fabric, a clear HDPE woven scrim that is coated on both sides. It is also available in 2-meter-wide (78.7-inch-wide) rolls, and has applications for marine canvas and awning patterning, with excellent stability and good “lay-flat” properties. The material resists wind …

Fundamental Change

A recent Inc.com article described the months since COVID-19 hit as, “15 years of behavior change in 30 days.” Indeed, the amount of change and adaptation our business and personal lives have undergone would have been unimaginable less than a year ago. The changes have been a mixed bag; some positive (pivoting to PPE, helping …

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 …

Industry Events

Jan 28, Feb. 18, March 18, 2021MFA Virtual Series Free to members, online two-hour education sessionsmarine.ifai.com/virtualseries Feb. 18–19, 2021MFA Marine Workshop 2021 On-site, co-located with Fabricators Conference and ShowcaseSheraton Jacksonville HotelJacksonville, Fla.www.marine.ifai.com/marine-workshops/jacksonville Mar. 3–5, 2021Women in Textiles Summit 2021Chateau Elan Winery & Resort Braselton, Ga.www.ifai.com/women Feb. 24–28, 2021Atlantic City Boat ShowAtlantic City Convention CenterAtlantic City, N.J.www.acboatshow.com Mar. 25–28, …

New members join MFA

Marine Fabricators Association welcomes the following new members. For complete contact information, visit www.ifai.com/marine. Alfred’s Upholstery & Co.Betsy Stevenswww.alfredsupholstery.comAlfred, Maine ARC Integrated SystemsJeff Covelwww.crownarc.comColumbus, Ohio Catnap Canvas Shop Heather Oebel+1 360 332 3111Blaine, Wash. Carolina Canvas Works Judd Barth+1 843 609 6266Columbia, S.C. Debron Plastics Inc. David Stermer+1 954 385 6781Hollywood, Fla. Epic Outdoor Cinema LLCNick Toutoungiwww.epicoutdoorcinema.comDavie, Fla. Fabric …

2021 MFA Time Standards Manual

The Time Standards Manual was developed in 1996 by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, to serve as a benchmark that shop owners can use to set fabrication times, with which they can generate competitive labor costs. The manual is an ongoing project that will grow and change …