We’re making final preparations this month to open registration for Woodworking in America: Hand Tools & Techniques Conference 2008, taking place November 14-16 in Berea, Ky.
By June 30th, we’ll send out an annoucment to the Woodworking In America E-News list announcing that the full web site has launched and registration is officially open (if you’re not on that E-News list, you can register at WoodworkingInAmerica.com). Then, you can visit the Conference web site to sign up and secure your space.
In the meantime, here are a few of the (many!) questions we’ve received from people who are excited to attend:
How much will the event cost and what is included? Woodworking in America will be $335 for three days of instruction from more than 20 of the country’s leading woodworkers and toolmakers. The fee – about what you’d pay for a short woodworking class from one instructor – also includes coffee and pastries, full-scale hot lunches and a special barbecue dinner with live entertainment.
What should I do about accommodations? Right now, there’s nothing to do. We’ve reserved many of the hotel rooms near Berea College at special rates for that weekend. Once registration opens, you’ll find lodging and other travel information at WoodworkinginAmerica.com to help you plan your stay.
How many classes will there be? What will be covered? 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 chairbuilding. A full class schedule will be published at WoodworkingInAmerica.com when registration opens.
We hope you’re making plans to join us in November at Berea College. In addition to the classes and marketplace area filled with toolmakers, we have a few other surprises in store that we’ll announce first in the Woodworking in America newsletter.
So mark your calendars for November 14-16… and sign up for for Woodworking In America E-News (if you haven’t already!).
– Christopher Schwarz, editor