Woodworking In America




Welcome to Woodworking In America – the best woodworking show and conference in the western hemisphere. WIA features dozens of educational sessions with America’s top craftsman. Sharpen your woodworking skills with the likes of Roy Underhill, Paul Schurch, Christopher Schwarz and David Marks just to name a few. The WIA Marketplace will afford you the opportunity to test drive the best woodworking tools available today, and even take a few home with you.

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Woodworking in America 2013, October 18-20

Woodworking in America 2013 will be Oct. 18-20 in Greater Cincinnati (the conference proper will be at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center). With only one conference this year, we’ll be able to gather under one roof as many as possible woodworkers, woodworking teachers, and top-notch toolmakers, so that you get an unparalleled weekend of...

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The Highland Woodworker visits WIA

If you happened to miss the latest Woodworking in America conferences, be sure the take a look at the new episode of “The Highland Woodworker.” In this episode (#4 of 2012) I spent some time with the show’s host, Charles Brock, walking around the latest conference. As always with the Highland crew, it was...


More Wooden Vise Options: Evans Wood Screw Co.

I try to stay abreast of the world of workbenches and workholding. But sometimes a place like Evans Wood Screw Co. escapes my eye. For six years, this Franklin, Ind., enterprise has been cranking out wooden vise screws for workbench builders. You can find the company at TheTraditionalCarpenter.com. The small site offers a good...


Erik Mortensen’s Awesome English Workbench

I see a lot of workbenches. Lots of them are gorgeous. Many of them are tough. Few benches are both. Last weekend at Woodworking in America in Pasadena, Calif., I got to use a massive Nicholson-style workbench made by Erik Mortensen, an instructor at Cerritos College. For the most part, the bench is made...


Lake Erie Wagon Vise at WIA

Lake Erie Toolworks showed off a new wooden vise screw kit at Woodworking in America that can be used to make a nice wagon vise or shoulder vise. Both vises work brilliantly and allow you to easily use a wooden screw to make these traditional vise forms. The vises use the same robust vise...


A Real Contender: The Knew Concepts Coping Saw

I swore on a stack of “Mechanicks Exercises” that I’d stop writing about coping saws. It’s not healthy, and I know that. But at Woodworking in America last weekend in Pasadena, Calif., I ran into Lee Marshall from Knew Concepts. He was holding a big red saw that was too big to be a...


Woodworking in America West Begins

Our first west coast Woodworking in America Conference is off to a great start in Pasadena, Calif. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can still join us for the event which runs through Sunday at the Pasadena Convention Center. The event consists of two parts: the Marketplace, where you will find an...


The WIA Show Begins in a Parking lot in Hawthorne, Calif.

The first stop after leaving the Los Angeles International Airport: the Lowe’s in nearby Hawthorne, Calif. I needed lumber, tools and hardware for my first demonstration at Woodworking in America tomorrow: Build a Sawbench in an Hour. Buying dimensional lumber on the West Coast is always a shock. About a decade ago, I bought...


Stealing the Carpenter’s Magic Device

In every craft, there is a magic device that acolytes must learn to manipulate and master. In joinery, I think dividers (aka the compass) are our totemistic thingy. In journalism, you have to learn the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act). And in traditional carpentry, you need to master the steel square. I suck at...