Gentler negotiations

May 1, 2021

I watched an online presentation recently about how to keep your personal feelings from intruding on professional situations. I followed it with a discussion about how to deal with difficult people. I was trying to keep myself calm during thorny contract negotiations with a publisher over a book I wrote. My desire to be published …

MFA Virtual Series delivers connection and education

The three-part Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Virtual Series wrapped up successfully in March with each of the two-hour sessions averaging nearly 90 participants from around the U.S., Australia, England, the Netherlands and other countries. “It was great to see the marine industry coming together online during these last few months,” says IFAI Event & Education …

New members join MFA

CYA Canvas LLC Jason Gallowaywww.cyacanvasllc.comWoodbridge, Va. Gloucester Canvas Jarratt Quailwww.gloucestercanvas.comHayes, Va. Hyducks Marine Canvas & UpholsteryJohn Hyduckwww.hyducksmarine.comPhiladelphia, Pa. K1 Marine TrimmingKi-Raphael Sulkowskihttp://k1mt.com.auO’Connor, WA Australia

Managing difficult clients

Marine fabricators discuss their best forms of defense By Michelle Miron Most businesses have encountered these people at least once: impossible-to-please customers who make life miserable for everyone who has to work with them. Maybe they are disrespectful to you and your employees. Maybe they demand price breaks where none are due. Or perhaps they …

Elevate your canvas skills

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 …

Strong business cultures require strong leaders

By Clint Halladay Four years ago, the fabric of our organization, SewLong Custom Covers, was held together by cheap cotton thread. Our company was growing and doing well financially, but our culture was in crisis. Our leadership was fractured and distracted, employees were frustrated, some were leaving. As the “second-in-command,” I wasn’t sure what to …

2021 Premier Product Showcase

High-quality products to help you create durable, attractive and successful projects. For this feature, we asked our contributors to send us information about their high-performing products. The product information was submitted by the participating manufacturers and suppliers by the established deadline. The products are organized into three categories: Fabric, Film, & Foam; Equipment, Tools & …