Saturday, June 21, 2008

Woodworking in America Conference

The folks at Woodworking Magazine and Popular Woodworking have announced a new event coming up in November. The Woodworking in America Conference will be held November 14-16 in Berea, Kentucky. The list of stellar demonstrators includes Roy Underhill (of PBS's "The Woodwright's Shop" fame), Frank Klausz, Thomas Lie-Nielsen and Ron Hock, just to name a few. I’m really excited that this event is going to be held fairly close to me. And I’m also excited to be able to attend. While I’m there, I’ll be blogging as much as I can to describe what’s going on for those who are unable to attend.

From the announcement:

“There will be more than 40 classes during the three-day event, and 10 of them will be hands-on workshops in the Berea College student industries building. We’ll cover a range of hand-tool topics, from basic sharpening to advanced dovetailing. Plus, many of the sessions will focus on aspects of the craft that rarely get attention, including Japanese tools, 18th-century woodworking and chairmaking.”

If you are in the area or if you can get to the area, this promises to be a truly unique opportunity to learn up-close from some of the best craftsmen working today. The official website for the event is You’ll find information there about registration, fees and logistics. I hope to see you in Berea!