Woodworking in America 2011 countdown begins

August 29, 2011

The countdown to Woodworking in America 2011 has entered the final weeks. With about a month left on the calendar before woodworkers from all over the country (and even FROM other countries) flock to Cincinnati Ohio for what has become for many, THE WOODWORKING EVENT OF THE YEAR, I wanted to share a few of my favorite moments from WIAs past.

I’ve been very privileged to be able to attend each year, and appreciate being invited back, so for those of you who can’t make it for what-ever reason I always try to get as much footage as possible to give you a little taste of the experience.

This whole week I’m re-posting links and footage from the last 3 years, along with a couple of videos of previously unseen content. While I’d love to post the entire length of the lectures, it’s not fair to the presenters and quite honestly that’s a lot of footage, so you’ll have to enjoy these short snippets. Hopefully you’ll be able to attend a conference in person, if not this year than maybe in upcoming years.

Today’s episode is the first of my previously unseen videos (actually the first snippet was seen, I’ve just re-edited it slightly) it’s from the very first Hand Tool Conference in Berea Kentucky 2008. These snippets of various lectures are a great example of audience participation and the wide range of amazing experts and topics the shows cover.

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  1. Milan Adam says:

    Wow this is some great educational material, looks like a great conference and thanks for posting! Is there a website where I can get some further info such as dates and how long the event goes for etc..? I have heard about this but never been before but it looks really informative and fun.

  2. Woodzee says:

    I have been telling myself this year that I really need to attend a conference like this. I just may have to do it now.

    • Matt says:

      I really don’t think you’d be sad if you did. The variety of topics is quite extensive, and while they may not be of great detail given time restraints, the access to the lecturers is fantastic.

      Highly recommend the experience at least once!

  3. Milan Adam says:

    Matt do you know how they choose people to lecture? Are they just experienced professionals or are they somehow connected to the event sponsors? I am seriously considering getting down there this year, the lectures look extremely interesting and I bet I could pick up some great stuff from the vendors. I am especially trying to get my hands on new stains and finishes for some projects I’m currently doing, have you seen vendors selling that type of thing before or is it mostly tools?

  4. Hi Matt, was going to ask the same question as Milan. Where do the sponsors get the lecturers from? Are they famous guys or just know loads and have years of experience. I know this sound kinda silly, but i like to have heard of people i’m about to give up time and money for.

    • Matt says:

      Many of the lecturers at WIA are educators and authors who appear frequently in the various magazines and or have written books covering a wide variety of topics.

      Others are popular regional instructors with their own smaller schools. And on the list also are very specialized experts who might not be known to the general public, but within specific communities are highly respected. And of course the staff of the magazine are lecturers too.

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