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As you may have read in an earlier post, Popular Woodworking and our sister publication, Woodworking Magazine, are sponsoring the first-ever weekend conference devoted to hand tools and learning to use them.

We’re calling it Woodworking in America: Hand Tools & Techniques Conference 2008, and we’ll be bringing together the country’s best hand-tool woodworkers and manufacturers for a symposium in Berea, Ky., on Nov. 14-16.

There will be more than 40 short classes on tools and techniques during the long weekend, plus a marketplace where toolmakers can display (and sell) their wares, social events with the demonstrators and toolmakers and more.

On April 28, we announced a long list of distinguished woodworkers and toolmakers who will join us, and now we’re delighted to let you know that we’ve added two more to the list: Brian Boggs (who is renowned for making gorgeous, comfortable chairs) and David Jeske (owner, founder and fine hand-tool maker of Blue Spruce Toolworks). And we’re still working on the list.

In addition, journalists from some of the web’s top woodworking sites will be on hand to interview attendees, toolmakers and teachers, and share their impressions of the conference online. We’re pleased to welcome The Wood Whisperer (aka Marc Spagnuolo), Matt’s Basement Workshop (aka Matt Vanderlist), The Village Carpenter (aka Kari Hultman) and (aka Neil Lamens).

Registration for Woodworking in America will begin in June. Visit the conference site to sign up for the e-newsletter, and you’ll be the first to know when the registration “desk” opens.

– Megan Fitzpatrick

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