“Another goal is to make them aware of how every
process affects the manufacturing flow or outcome
of a project.”
Condensing PSU’s four-year wood education
program into a week-long course, we learned how to
operate the lab’s woodworking machinery, AutoCAD,
CAM software, primary processing, finishing,
veneering, cabinetry, tooling, millwork, wood
science, establishing a dust collection system, OSHA
regulations, and facility management. Over the 4-1/2
days, we also built our own mahogany coffee table
with a diamond-matched veneer top, and a small
The WMIA, PSU, Hague and Phillips are all
responsible for bringing the Boot Camp into fruition.
Hague and Phillips have been recognized for their
efforts, most notably with the winning of the 2015
WMIA Wooden Globe Award for Educator of the Year.
The concept for the course was born in late 2013.
“We wanted to see the program incorporate many
steps involved in a typical manufacturing shop
environment,” said Jason Howell, former WMIA
Education Committee Chairman. “A similar program
to this was offered at North Carolina State University
back in the 1980s and 1990s, and it has had a very
positive impact on our industry for decades now,”
he added. “We are hoping that the Boot Camp will
The camp has been an exceptionally valuable
experience – giving me a broad, exposure-level
understanding of the wood manufacturing
The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association’s Educational
Foundation awards scholarships to those who want to study and
pursue a career in, wood technology, machinery, and related fields.
To date, the Foundation has provided more than $400,000 to assist
talented students with furthering their educational and career goals.
The Foundation’s total award in 2018 was $28,000.
The Board of Trustees selected 11 college students to receive a
total of $15,000 in scholarships. The Foundation also continued its
scholarship endowment program (SEP) this year and provided a fixed
amount of scholarship funds to several schools; the schools determine
how many scholarships to award, and in what amounts. Three schools
– Pittsburg State University, the New England School of Architectural
Woodworking, and the École Nationale du Meuble et de L’Ébénisterie
(ENME) – participated in the program, awarding a total of $13,000 in
scholarships to 11 students.
“Once again this year, WMIA’s Education Committee and the
Foundation Board of Trustees were quite impressed with not only
the skills and accomplishments of the scholarship recipients, but the
passion they expressed about having a career in the woodworking
industry,” said WMIA Education Committee Chairman Chris Hofmann,
Lamello product manager – Eastern U.S., Colonial Saw Co., Inc. “WMIA
is very proud to support the industry in this way year after year!”
The WMIA Educational Foundation is supported by contributions
from business groups and individuals in the woodworking industry,
and the International Woodworking Fair (IWF). Contributions can be
accepted at any time and in any amount, and are tax deductible. For
information on contributing to the WMIA Educational Foundation,
contact Larry Hoffer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WMIA AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS
Boot Camp provides industry professionals with a hands-on
learning experience to the secondary wood manufacturing
process. Among the topics covered in the intensive five-day
sessions are: CAD/CAM software, solid wood machining and
panel processing techniques, finishing, veneering, tooling
and project assembly.