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Philadelphia Furniture Workshop Open House

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Get out your red marker, and circle Jan. 30 and 31 on your calendar. If you can get to Philadelphia that Friday or Saturday, there is a free event you won’t want to miss at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop. The cover of our February issue features Mario Rodriguez and inside is a story about his approach to making a quality drawer. This isn’t another story about cutting dovetails, it is about all the other elements that go into making a first-class drawer for a fine piece of furniture.

Mario has been woodworking, teaching woodworking and writing about woodworking for a long time, and now teaches with Alan Turner at PFW, a unique school in a great old building. On the last Friday and Saturday of January, the workshop doors will open for an open house. In addition to Mario and Alan, there will be many other woodworkers and vendors on hand to demonstrate tools and techniques, answer questions and talk about power and hand tool woodworking.

Among those on hand Saturday will be Adam Cherubini who writes our popular Arts & Mysteries column. Adam was one of the highlights of our recent Woodworking in America conference and is one of the most knowledgeable and personable guys you would ever want to meet. He’ll be demonstrating hand tool techniques, and discussing stock preparation with hand tools.

Also on hand will be another walking, talking library of woodworking knowledge, Joel Moskowitz, founder and owner of Tools for Working Wood. Joel will be demonstrating freehand grinding and sharpening, as well as showing his line of Gramercy tools. We use the Gramercy holdfasts on a daily basis in our shop, and the dovetail saw can be found on almost any bench.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, for a complete list of demonstrators and vendors, click here. Connecting with experienced, knowledgeable people is a great way to give your woodworking a boost, and this group in this setting will be an event to remember.

For more information about the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop open house

–Robert W. Lang

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  • dave brown

    Wow, how long has this been on the books? I wished I’d known earlier — I’d have moved things around on the calendar. 🙁

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