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November Webinar: Tools & Gadgets

November 08, 2019 5:28 AM | Michelle Minner

Join us on November 12th at 1pm ET for this month’s Webinar

 Tools & Gadgets
with Rhonda Shanahan

written by Nancy Sargent owner of Cobani Bleu Upholstery

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You know the truth of the matter is that upholstery doesn’t really require a lot of tools. But gosh, darn it, don’t we upholsterers just love our tools and gadgets!

If you’re like me, you want the inside scoop on whether a particular tool lives up to its hype. Will it really function as advertised? Will it help me work better, faster or more efficiently? Wouldn’t it be nice to ‘try it before you buy it’?

If this is you, then you are in luck. This month’s webinar is all about tools and gadgets and the inside scoop on them. Rhonda Shanahan, owner of The Whimsical Chair will be sharing some of her favorites. She’ll show how to use them and give us some insider tricks on how to make the most of them. We expect this webinar to be very interactive so bring your questions.

Rhonda is a founding member of the National Upholstery Association.  She has been practicing upholstery for ten years. She loves living in Castle Rock, CO with her husband and 3 children. Her life long love of sewing and colorful textiles has lead her to a career in upholstery. She is passionate about her craft and is a natural at sharing it with other upholstery professionals. Although, she wants to remain a solopreneur, she is very forward thinking and always looking for opportunities to grow and expand her business.

I know for a fact that Rhonda will share the latest hot new upholstery tool, the pneumatic nail head gun. Maybe you’re on the fence about this one. I know some of you find applying nail head meditative? While others just want the fastest way to get through the job! This webinar can help you decide if this gun should be added to your arsenal.

photo credit & work by The Whimsical Chair

Here is one of Rhonda’s recent projects. Yes, every last one of the 1120 nail heads was applied with this tool! And after that many nail heads, she is quite the pro! Actually, she nailed it from the beginning! Haha!

Now I’m not sure exactly how many tools and gadgets Rhonda may share, but here are a few:
  • Button Press
  • Double Welt Gauge
  • Klinch It Tool
  • Leather Stitcher

Leather Stitcher? That’s curious! You need to tune in to see how Rhonda uses this one! I just know Rhonda is going to inspire us all with her bag of tools! Can you say ‘tool envy’? It’s going to be hard to not want all them all. And what perfect timing! After all, we are approaching the gift-giving season, what tools will you be adding to your list?

Want to know more about Rhonda, you can visit her here:


Members, to sign up for the Webinar check your email dated October 29, 2019, for the link.

*Webinars are only available to National Upholstery Association members. Not a member yet? Sign up here.

We look forward to seeing you at the webinar and don’t forget you can ask questions.

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