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Woodworking in America: Photos from Day One

It’s late at night after a great day one here at Woodworking in America. I finally met some of the guys from the guild in person and hung out with them during the day, at dinner, and during the pub crawl. The show floor was packed with about 65 vendors showing anything you could imagine.

It was great to run into Kari Hultman and wander through the Sindelar Tool Museum with her. She has a real appreciation and knowledge for antique hand tools, and I can’t wait to see her complete some of her planned reproductions.

I bought a Lie-Nielsen progressive pitch dovetail saw for my dovetail class with Frank Klausz tomorrow, I can’t wait to use it when I get back to the shop. After Christopher Schwarz’s class on planes, I bought the Veritas Router Plane for cleaning up tenons, dadoes, rabbets, etc.

It was a busy day and after the following seven classes, I’m beat:

  1. Sharpening & Using Chisels and Scrapers, Marc Adams
  2. Understanding the Many Forms of Chisels, Ron Herman
  3. Better Design Using Simple Shapes & Forms, George Walker
  4. Planing Impossible Woods, Christopher Schwarz
  5. The Essential Router Plane, Christopher Schwarz
  6. Put Some Mojo in Your Designs, George Walker
  7. Set Up a Band Saw, Michael Fortune

Some pictures are below, enjoy. More detailed posts to come.

Woodworking In America: My Schedule

Today I signed up for the Woodworking in America Conference, September 30th through October 3rd in Cincinnati. This will be my first time attending, and I’m pretty psyched. A PDF of the schedule and the presenters is on the Woodworking in America site.

I’ve signed up for the following sessions:

  • Dovetailing Drawers: Pins First
  • Sharpening & Using Chisels & Card Scrapers
  • Cutting Mortises Quickly
  • Design a Door with Pleasing Proportions and Good Grain
  • The Essential Router Plane
  • Chisels: The Good, the Bad and the Garbage
  • Set Up a Band Saw for Ultimate Precision
  • Introduction to SketchUp
  • Sliding Dovetails Without Fail
  • Advanced SketchUp
  • Handplaning Boards: From Rough to Finished
  • Eliminate Drift on the Band Saw
  • Designing Strong Mortise-and-Tenon Joints
  • Planing Impossible Woods
  • Cutting Tenons by Hand
  • Put Some Mojo in Your Designs

I’ll also be attending the Toolmaker’s Dinner & Taste of Cincinnati and the Friday Evening Keynote Dinner, and crawling through the pubs during the pub crawl.

I’ve already blogged about who will be teaching and attending, it really is a great opportunity to learn from the best, try out tools, and meet other woodworkers and woodworking bloggers.

I hope I’ll be able to take my video camera, shoot some video, and post it here on the site. I’d especially love to interview Frank Klausz and debate pins-first or tails-first dovetails with him, and listen to him tell stories of apprenticing with his father back in Hungary. He likes to fish, and I’d love to talk to him about that as well.

Watching his father work, Frank asked, "How can you do that so fast?" His father replied, "After ten or fifteen years you’re going to be a pretty good beginner yourself."

Woodworking in America Conference

I’ve worked in the software industry for almost 16 years, and for 15 of those years, I worked on games. I’ve been to a lot of conferences over the years: E3, GDC, and Gamefest.

But the conference I’m most interested in attending is the Woodworking in America conference, this October in Cincinnati. If you’re a woodworker, hobbiest or professional, this is the conference for you.

From the website:

Immerse yourself in a weekend of woodworking packed with non-stop demonstrations, evening social activities (dinners, pub crawls) and a behind-the-scenes visit to an unrestored Shaker Village.

Learn skills directly from today’s top craftsmen – dovetails, inlay, handplanes, tablesaw techniques and much more– in more than 40 different classes.

Browse our unparalled Marketplace with top hand- and power-tool exhibitors– many of which you won’t find at any other show: Lee Valley, General International, Lie-Nielsen, Woodcraft and more, plus custom toolmakers including Sauer & Steiner, Eccentric Toolworks, Medallion Toolworks, and many more.

Check out the list of woodworking celebrities:

  • Roy Underhill
  • Frank Klausz
  • Michael Fortune
  • Christopher Schwarz
  • Marc Adams
  • Ron Herman
  • Jim Tolpin
  • George Walker
  • Don Williams
  • Robert Lang
  • Glen Huey

And from the podcasting world:

I’m putting together my plans right now, hoping I can make it. If you’re going to go, let me know.