The Phoenix has landed!

A good sign. The truck with our CNC arrives from Michigan under a rainbow

A good sign. The truck with our CNC arrives from Michigan under a rainbow

Rivendell opens a new chapter in our constant efforts to improve our product and service, as we received delivery of our new CNC router equipment last week. The CNC (“Computer Numeric Control”) router automates production, connecting to our computer generated cabinet cut lists and allowing for swift and accurate automated cutouts and component processing. This gives our team more time to concentrate on the finer artistic touches to our work while leaving the basic cutouts to automation.

This week Jeremy and Nandi, who anchor our computer aided design (CAD) work, are training on use of the CNC at the manufacturer’s west coast center in Los Angeles, and next week the manufacturer’s technician will complete the set up and training for our team here at our shop. The following week we will dig into our new and refined mode of production!

So, in the corner of our shop where we experienced a fire 2 months ago, we have turned, as the saying goes, “lemons into lemonaide” by cleaning that space out, acquiring and installing the machinery that brings us into the 21st century. Thus, rising from the ashes, we have our Phoenix!

 

Carefully forklifting the 7,000 pounds of delicate equipment

Carefully forklifting the 7,000 pounds of delicate equipment

Successfully lifted, our CNC hovers as the truck moves out

Successfully lifted, our CNC hovers as the truck moves out

Three determined workers and a forklift gently push it into the shop

Three determined workers and a forklift gently push it into the shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple final nudges gets our new CNC into position

A couple final nudges gets our new CNC into position

The Phoenix has landed! In place and awaiting final hookups

The Phoenix has landed! In place and awaiting final hookups

Jeremy and Nandi pause at the computer console before leaving to Los Angeles for 1 week of instruction on the CNC

Jeremy and Nandi pause at the computer console before leaving to Los Angeles for 1 week of instruction on the CNC

 

 

 

 

 

Green Building Forum and Year-End Celebration

Nandi and I attended the year-end celebration of Build it Green on December 9th in Berkeley. It is a state-wide organization of environmentally concerned builders and subcontractors and we have found that this group dovetails with our own interest in building “green” cabinetry; that is, cabinetry that is built from sustainably harvested wood and panels, using non-toxic glues and components.

The first part of the program included presentations by leaders in the green building industry. We discovered that while Europe is gearing up to have all building standards in ten years to require “net zero” energy usage, California is following close behind. “Green” building, and by extension, “green” cabinetry is the future of the industry. Good thing Rivendell is on board at the start!

The forum was followed by a celebration with food, wine and live music, including the presenting of awards to builders who have distinguished themselves in green building. We rubbed elbows with builders we enjoy working with, including Bill Jetton of Jetton Construction, who was awarded Green Builder of the Year for residential home, and Seth Melchert of Master Builders, who embodies positive energy and enthusiasm for the year to come. May 2011 by the best year yet for all of us!

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