It’s hard to believe this year is flying by so quickly, but as I’m writing this post Woodworking in America is right around the corner, it’s the weekend of October 18-20 in Cincinnati Ohio.
I missed it in 2012 and am really looking forward to returning this year and hanging out with my many friends I’ve made over the years and I don’t know how much more I can say about the way I feel about this annual event? I’ve been fortunate enough to attend almost every year since its inception in 2008 and it just gets better and better.
Between the long list of speakers and the breadth of topics all the way to the huge marketplace where you could easily spend WAY more money than you ever thought you would, Woodworking in America is a premier destination for woodworkers of all levels of experience and backgrounds.
Classes this year range from the perennial hand tool topics that WIA has been known for since the beginning, all the way to some new topics I don’t remember being offered the last time I attended, such as:
“Windsor Innovations” with Peter Galbert
“While Windsor chairmaking technology goes back hundreds of years, there is still room for innovation in the process, tools and design of these venerable chairs. During his years as a chairmaker, Peter Galbert has worked to clarify and simplify the chairmaking experience and broaden the possibilities within the craft. In this session, Peter shares with you some simple jigs that will increase your accuracy and he shows you how to improve your tools. Plus, you’ll learn his techniques to eliminate confusing measurements. You’ll walk out with new ways to achieve greater accuracy, streamline the chairmaking process and achieve great results.”
or “Furniture as Art” with Silas Kopf
“…a brief history of furniture decorated with marquetry and inlay in this lecture presentation that takes us from ancient Egypt to the present day. Along the journey we will look at woodwork of the Italian Renaissance, the classical marquetry furniture of 18th century France, later European Art Nouveau and Art Deco, and will finish with a survey of Silas’ own marquetry furniture.”
and even “How to Fix a ‘Soft’ Tool” with Peter Ross
“Say you anneal a tool on the grinder. What, exactly does that mean – but more important, how do you fix it? (If you don’t, your tool will become your favorite paperweight). Peter Ross shows you how to rescue a tool from a bad session at the grinder and get it back to work.”
These are just a few of the new topics that I know myself and many of the attendees this year will have to struggle to decide which one is the one we CAN’T miss!
But regardless of whether you’re there for a complete immersion into hand tools, some classes on power tools or even a mixture of both, the most important thing is that you’re in attendance for an experience you’ll never be able to explain to a non-woodworker (don’t even try).
And speaking of experiences, there’s two big events happening for me while I’m in attendance. The first one happens Friday afternoon. Myself and some of the most prolific online personalities are taking part in a roundtable discussion on “how to get the most out of your online woodworking experience, discover what goes into creating valuable online content and learn how they are reaching out to a new generation of craftsmen and craftswomen.”
And the second happens Saturday night after the last class has ended when me and my co-hosts of Wood Talk – Marc Spagnuolo and Shannon Rogers head over to the Keystone Bar and Grill for a Live Wood Talk Meet and Greet. The Saturday night event is free of charge and open to the public so make sure you stop by and say hi.
For more information about Woodworking in America, including ticket prices and the tool market, visit their website at www.woodworkinginamerica.com.
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