How You Can Help
The Woodworking in America: Furniture Design and Construction conference is just a few weeks away. We’re all looking forward to the conference and the opportunity to spend time with the presenters and our readers. In addition to the experts in many different furniture styles, we’re focusing our attention on SketchUp, an incredible tool for designing and understanding projects. I will be giving a presentation on using the program and we will have walk-in clinics where you can bring in your laptop (or use one of the computers we will have available) and receive one-on-one advice. There are a couple of ways you, the reader, can help us make a good thing even better.
I’ve been working with SketchUp and how to teach it to woodworkers for a few years now. My book, Drafting & Design for Woodworkers covers the program and I recently taught a class on SketchUp at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. I want to make sure that we’re prepared to address the issues that you have. Leave a comment below, telling us what you’ve struggled with in learning the program. Do you find yourself lost in space? Do things distort when you try to move them? Would you like to get rid of that annoying guy in the corner and work in inches? If you let us know, we can be sure that the volunteers manning our walk-in clinic are prepared to help.
If you are adept at using SketchUp, there is also a way you can help, and possibly get free admission to the conference. We have a couple volunteer slots to fill for the walk-in SketchUp clinics. If you can work a couple of sessions showing attendees how to use the program, you can attend the conference events on us. We don’t have the budget for travel or other expenses, but we think it’s a good return for your time.
If you think you’re qualified (and available Aug 14-16, and can get to St. Charles. Ill.) send me an e-mail. Attach a SketchUp model you’ve made, and tell me a bit about your experience and we’ll see what develops.
–Robert W. Lang