This October, Woodworking in America will be held in our backyard here in Cincinnati from Oct. 1-3. Registration will open in early May, and we’ll start telling you all about the instructors and 80 sessions as soon as we get all the contracts signed.
But there is one aspect of planning this conference that I could use your help with. For this conference, we’re planning some extra evening events. And I’d like some advice from you about which ones you think are most interesting. Read these short descriptions then click on the ones you like the best using the polling widget below.
Thanks in advance for your help.
‘Toolmakers’ Dinner’ at the Popular Woodworking Magazine shop
When: The Thursday evening before Woodworking in America
Where: Our offices and workshop in suburban Cincinnati
Details: A lot of toolmakers will be unveiling new products at this conference, so we thought it would be a fun evening to invite all the toolmakers to a dinner at our headquarters plus as many attendees as we could fit. We’d provide dinner that would give you a taste of local food (LaRosa’s pizza, Skyline chili, Graeter’s ice cream), plus a few local malted beverages for you to try. You’d get to tour the shop, see the newest tools before everyone else and get to chat up the toolmakers.
‘The Feast of Andre Roubo’ with Roy Underhill and Don Williams
When: Saturday evening
Where: A restaurant near the conference
Details: Don Williams and a team of scholars are in the middle of an historic task: translating A.J. Roubo’s 18th-century masterwork “L’Art du Menuisier.” Williams will present , for the first time in public , some of the very cool things he’s learned about early workshop practice during this project. (And if you saw Williams at the conference last year, you know he’s an amazing speaker.) Also, Roy Underhill , who reads Roubo in the original French , will share some of the fascinating details he has unearthed about the man.
‘Covington Pub Crawl’ with the Popular Woodworking Magazine Editors
When: Friday evening (after the keynote dinner)
Where: Covington’s Main Strasse
Details: Find out just how well Megan Fitzpatrick holds her liquor (here’s a tip: she’s tipsy when she starts using big words in a Southern accent). Our editors lead you on a trip down Covington’s Main Strasse, a nicely restored 19th-century street just a couple block from the conference. Chat woodworking as you sample beers from some of our favorite German beer gardens and the Cock & Bull English pub (which has the best fish and chips in town). There’s no formal program , just a casual evening with a bunch of fellow woodworkers.
‘Make this Tool, Please’ , Lunch with Manufacturers
When: Saturday at noon
Where: a room at the conference center
Details: One of the biggest frustrations many woodworkers have is that many tools they want are not made anymore. Who makes a decent folding rule anymore? At this special lunch, you can bring your wish list of tools, which we’ll present to many of the leading hand-tool manufacturers around today. They’ll let you know why they tool isn’t being made (maybe they don’t think there is a market, or materials are too expensive, or they never thought of it). And perhaps , just perhaps , you’ll inspire them to make the tool of your dreams.
‘Woodworking Night at Molly Malone’s’
When: Saturday evening
Where: Molly Malone’s Irish pub, a block from the conference
Details: We take over a floor of Molly Malone’s, an Irish pub and restaurant that’s a short walk from the conference. In addition to hanging out with the editors, toolmakers and other attendees, we’ll arrange for some traditional woodworking music , yes, you guessed it , musical saws.
‘White Water Shaker Village’ a Personalized Tour
When: Sunday morning
Where: White Water Shaker Village (bus transportation provided)
During the last year, Popular Woodworking Magazine has become involved with the restoration efforts at the White Water Shaker Village, a beautiful group of original buildings still in their original setting. The village isn’t open to the public, but we have arranged to get you special access to the village with guides who are restoring the village’s Meeting House. Get a close look at Shaker craftsmanship , from the toolmarks to the cut nails. See some of the original furniture pieces in the collection, and get a privileged look at this amazingly untouched gem.
– Christopher Schwarz