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Last night I had a great time hanging out with the crew from the Modern Woodworker’s Association. We touched on everything from the direction of the magazine to the upcoming Woodworking in America Conferences to building big boats in small workshops and possible infractions of child labor laws. I also announced our upcoming November issue, the 200th issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine and a special issue devoted to some of the best and most noted makers working today, including a profile of Asheville chairmaker Brian Boggs, which I’m finishing up now. You’ll also find a great interview with Norm Abram as he reflects on life after the New Yankee Workshop, a visit and retrospective with the father of studio furniture Wendell Castle, and an introduction to Mary May, as fine a carver as there is working today. To mention but a few.

At any rate, take a look at the latest MWA show. And try the previous episode as well, which features Ron Hock, and learn a little  about what goes in to making a quality handtool. I did.  The Modern Woodworkers Association is a fine group of guys and doing their show was an honor and a lot of fun. Thanks MWA.

And for those of you who prefer to skip the video, here’s the audio version.

Matthew Teague

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