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view-down-the-shopAmong the changes we’ve made for Woodworking in America 2013 is the return of the all-conference banquet; we want everyone to gather in the same room to share dinner, drinks and a good time! (Because I want as many people as possible to see me lose it when I have to get up in front of a microphone…and possibly trip on my way up to the podium…)

Everyone’s favorite woodwright, Roy Underhill, has generously agreed to serve as emcee for the event, during which we’ll be recognizing the winners of our inaugural PWM Excellence Awards, perhaps making a few special announcements, and enjoying a funny (but edifying) presentation from Plimoth Plantation joiner Peter Follansbee (shown above in his shop at the Plymouth, Mass., living history museum).

Peter has had access to a huge array of museum pieces and furniture from personal collections over his years as a woodworker, and in his talk, he’ll be sharing a slide show of many of the best (and perhaps the worst) of these pieces, and telling you a little about each – from the history to the joinery to the carving – and sharing a bit about his own history as well. Even if early modern furniture isn’t your “thing,” you’ll enjoy what Peter has to say about these remarkable pieces. (The 75 or so people who saw Peter’s after-hours talk in 2011 can tell you it’s not to be missed!)

The WIA Banquet is included in the full-conference registration fee; individual banquet tickets are available for one-day attendees or if you wish to bring a date.

Early-bird registration ends in less than a month; sign up now and save.For a complete list of the expert woodworkers who will be presenting, their classes and the schedule, visit

— Megan Fitzpatrick

p.s. I borrowed the opening photo from Peter’s excellent blog; if you don’t already read it, you should – and keep an especially close eye on it at the beginning of the month when he posts his carved spoons for sale; they go really quickly (as of this posting, there are three remaining from his current batch).

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