2013 has been a tough year to compete when it comes to woodworking event “stuntery.” With gatherings like Handworks in Amana, Iowa, The French Oak Roubo Build, Woodworking in American 2013, and even the telephone design game in Woodchat, it’s hard to break through the clutter. I do, however, think I’ve got one that might compete.
Midwest Woodworking in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be closing its doors for business. Only recently has the owner, Frank David, been open to selling off what some might consider the undiscovered country of lumber caches. Chris Schwarz and I have written, photographed and documented a few smaller events as recent as the one in May dubbed “Operation Morning Wood.” This time around, it’s different. Much, much different.
The price list is still being compiled, which I will immediately publish once it’s available. But here’s an idea:
- Interested in flawless ribbon sapele 10/4 x 10″ x 16′ at around $5 bd/ft?
- Are you an infill plane maker looking for enough legal, Brazilian Rosewood for you and your five planemaking buddies? (Yeah, I’m talking about you, Raney Nelson.)
- How about a 100-year-old stack of pre-blight chestnut, wide, clean and 10′ long? Frank’s got 1,000+ bd ft.
- Veneers of every size and species. By the piece or full flitches.
- If you are building any of Chris Schwarz’s campaign furniture projects? Oodles of wide mahogany and sugar pine.
- Did I mention anything and everything is up for sale? Big industrial sized machines down to the off-cuts.
To not come to this event at great expense and hundreds of miles would be nothing short of foolish. Why? Because chances are some point very soon the whole place will likely go up for auction.
Where: Midwest Woodworking, 4019 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio
When: Friday/Saturday August 16-17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Details: Bring cash and a truck. I’m thinking beers and burgers at Gordos afterwards, because it’s going to be a long, hot one.
Stay tuned for more details, price list and other activities.
And feel free to e-mail me with any questions at: email@example.com.
— Andy Brownell, brownellfurniture.com
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