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A Life In Furniture: Ramon Valdez of Ramon Valdez Fine Furniture


August 5, 2022 | Bill Esler

Ramon Valdez has been in the furniture business for over 40 years, and in that time he has worked in every aspect of the industry. From running a 30 person cabinet company to being a one person boutique furniture shop.

With such an extensive breath of the industry, Ramon’s interview is an honest reflection of someone who has walked the walk. He has spent his whole career in the world of furniture and this episode is a true look at the path he has taken and all the different ins and outs of the furniture business that he has seen.

Valdez is among 15 woodworking pros popular online, who will appear over the course of three afternoons—Tuesday, August 23, Wednesday August 24, and Thursday August 25, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the IWF Woodworking Influencers Lounge, sponsored by Shaper in Booth A10620.

Follow along as Ramon and Ethan Abramson talk about how the industry has changed over the years, what makes a furniture maker a furniture maker, when passion should play a role in your business, and more.

Each week in his podcast, Host Ethan Abramson talks to your favorite furniture makers and woodworking professionals to give you a look at – the business behind the furniture business. Learn about how these entrepreneurs went from just keeping the lights on to succeeding in the industry. Go inside their companies, inside their pricing, and get inside their heads as they teach you about what they have done both wrong and right along their journey to get to where they are today. 


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