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07 Jun,2017 - Here at Machines4u, we’re always interested in new and increasingly futuristic manufacturing techniques. Discussions around the water cooler about the takeover by our looming robotic overlords are not uncommon. However, occasionally we like to get back to basics and check out some real masters of craft and inspect some traditional or ‘dying’ arts. It seems,

09 May,2017 - Australia is seeing a worrying decline in the number of school-leavers taking up a trade. As social attitudes lean towards an almost mandatory university education, there are concerns that we will soon be facing huge skills shortages in traditional trades such as construction. One Sunshine Coast organisation is tackling the issue by introducing children as

24 Mar,2017 - Know how to handle your wood? If not, now’s the time to learn. Not only could you gain extra brownie points with the important people in your life by hand-making custom gifts, you could even bring in some extra money by getting a little creative. There’s nothing quite like finishing your own project. Especially if

22 Mar,2017 - The collective feeling on long-distance relationships seems to be a resounding “yeah, nah”. But there are always beautiful exceptions to this rule. Laguna Tools and Gregory Machinery are one of the statistically improbable success stories. To be fair, long-distance business relationships are a lot easier to maintain. But they still require commitment and shared values.

21 Mar,2017 - Wood has not escaped the downturn which has rattled mining and manufacturing industries around the globe. With Chinese markets slowing and the still-smarting global financial crisis disrupting markets, wooden furniture has suffered in kind. However, recent trends in high-end and bespoke furniture may pull the wooden furniture market from the brink. In recent years, the

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