Hands-on at Woodworking in America

For this year’s Woodworking in America conference (Oct. 1-3 in Greater Cincinnati), we’ve made a few changes for the better. If you’ve at least glanced at the class list (available below as a PDF), you’ve likely noticed that each day is jam-packed. What you don’t see on the schedule is any mention of hands-on sessions. That because ALL of the sessions include a hands-on component, should you choose to participate. Here’s how it works:

Most instructors have their own rooms where they’ll set up shop, and with a couple exceptions (noted on the class list), they’ll be in the same room for the entire conference. Looking for the Frank Klausz session? Simply head to Room 4; he’ll be there the entire time. Want to avoid Christopher Schwarz? Stay away from Room 3.

Each class lasts about 50 minutes. Following that “formal” presentation, there’s an informal 50-minute hands-on session so you can stick around and try your hand at what you’ve just learned. Each classroom will be stocked with benches, wood and a modest set of tools. We encourage you, however, to bring your own tools if feasible , particularly for the planing sessions, saw sharpening sessions and the like , after all, why not get expert guidance using and tuning the tools you own? We’d prefer you didn’t bring your band saw or table saw , we’ll have some available on which to practice. And rest assured , the power equipment is not in the same rooms as the hand tools. You’ll be able to hear the snick of the plane blades just fine…or the whir of a perfectly tuned power saw if that’s your druthers.

When you register (and registration will be open very soon at WoodworkingInAmerica.com), we’ll ask you to “sign up” for classes , that’s only so we can get an idea of how many people to expect in each session , you’re free to move among seminars and hands-on sessions at will (though if a session is full, those who registered for it will get the seats) , and of course, visit the marketplace whenever you like between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, just in case you inadvertently “forgot” to bring your tools and “need” to buy some new ones.

– Megan Fitzpatrick

2010_WIA_Full_Class_Descriptions.pdf (113.94 KB)

9 thoughts on “Hands-on at Woodworking in America

  1. Megan

    David, as a courtesy to past attendees, we offered those who have been with us in the past the opportunity to sign up first. The registration site opens for everyone on Friday morning. If you’ve attended in the past and didn’t get the email, please let me know.

  2. David Smith

    Whats the deal with a lot of people at woodnet and other places being able to sign up for WIA plus the extra activities already? I know the space is limited for the dinner and such but I thought a equal opportunity would have been given to everyone to at least try and sign up for it. First come first serve as you guys put it.

  3. Stuart Hough

    Can’t wait! This is my Christmas present to myself, or whatever other excuse I can use!

  4. Gene

    Will the Marketplace be open for walk-ins? I can’t attend any of the sessions this year, but I might be able to walk across the Roebling bridge during lunch on Friday for a quick browse.

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