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QCP Project Certification Explained

Gaining a QCP project certificate for your woodworking project demonstrates it has been certified to the industry’s leading quality assurance program. These certificates mean that your project has been completed by a QCP-licensed firm, and therefore has been carried out in accordance with stringent quality standards.    What Are QCP Project Certificates? QCP project certificates are awa (more...)

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What to Consider When Vetting Architectural Millwork Companies

Architectural millwork injects an interior woodworking project with a distinctive, personalized appearance, using bespoke pieces to elevate the space and enhance the design. To ensure your project receives quality craftsmanship, it’s crucial to properly vet architectural millwork companies who have the skills and experience to bring your vision to life.   Benefits of Using Custom Architec (more...)

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What Designers Need to Know About Architectural Millwork

Architectural millwork is integral to the design, atmosphere, and fluidity of an interior space. Understanding how to properly design millwork, and ensure that it’s constructed and installed properly, is crucial if you want to impress your client with high quality results.  If you’re an architect or designer (or if you’re simply interested in millwork!), continue reading to learn some of t (more...)

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Everything You Need to Know About AWI’s Premium Grade

AWI premium-grade woodworking classification refers to a higher quality of craftsmanship and materials, as compared with economy and custom grades.  The Architectural Woodworking Institute (AWI) provides a set of standards for woodworking projects that fall under this classification. Clients and contractors can agree on project specifications based on the three AWI grades, including economy grad (more...)

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Do I Need to Consider Woodworking Certification?

Whether you’re an architect, a woodworker, a general contractor, or a supplier, woodworking certification is necessary for building credibility in the construction industry. Showing compliance with the industry standards and best practices demonstrates that you’re an expert in your field, as well as assuring your clients that you’ll consistently deliver high-quality results.   What Do (more...)

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Does My Interior Woodwork Project Need QCP Certification?

If you’re an architect or general contractor who wants to build a good reputation in the construction industry, QCP project certification will help you establish credibility, give your clients peace of mind that the project meets industry standards, and gives you a seal of quality you can be proud of.   What Is QCP Certification? The Quality Certification Program, or QCP for short, certi (more...)

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How to Find AWI-Certified Companies Through the Quality Certification Program

If you’re a general contractor, architect, or design professional, you’ll have the certainty of providing your clients with high-quality, best-in-industry interior woodwork if you work with AWI-certified woodworking firms.  These are companies that hold one of AWI-QCP’s stringent quality assurance licenses, which are based on the best industrial practices in the woodworking industry.  Co (more...)

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Marketing Advice for Woodworking Firms: an Interview with Marketing Expert Brandee Johnson

In our most recent podcast, Randy Estabrook, Director of AWI-QCP, sits down with Brandee Johnson, founder and CEO of LimeLight Marketing, to discuss the ins and outs of marketing and what it means for woodworking firms. Continue reading to learn how you as a woodworking firm can identify and reach target consumers, the kinds of content you should be producing, and how you can leverage your QCP li (more...)

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4 Examples Of Outstanding Wood Casework In Architectural Design

Architectural design uses wood casework in both a functional and aesthetic way. By casework, we’re referring to cabinets with shelves, doors, and drawers, or any other form of cabinetry typically built into the walls of residential and commercial buildings. These shop-fabricated pieces can be built to specific and standardized measurements, but in true architectural design, there’s a lot more (more...)

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