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The inimitable Peter Follansbee delivered the keynote address at the Friday evening dinner.

I suspect that many of you who were at Woodworking in America 2013 are, like me, still wading through e-mail, trying to catch up on sleep and perhaps trying to find your voices (mine is apparently still down at the convention center).

I had a great time at this year’s conference, and enjoyed particularly the Planemaker’s Dinner – a nice meal (not that I ate…too busy running around…but it looked nice!) followed by a philosophical discussion on planes and woodworking in a roundtable format with Thomas Lie-Nielsen (Lie-Nielsen Toolworks), Robin Lee (Lee Valley Tools/Veritas), Konrad Sauer (Sauer & Steiner Toolworks), Raney Nelson (DAED toolworks) and Scott Meek (Scott Meek Woodworks) – many thanks both to the panelists and to those of you who attended (and apologies for running short on dessert).

I was also delighted we could lure a couple important folks from their booths in the Marketplace to teach sessions for us this year – I know it took them away from the important work of showing folks their books, blades and sundries (a.k.a. that which helps them feed their cats, kith and kin). So a special thanks goes out to Christopher Schwarz (Lost Art Press), Peter Galbert (Peter Galbert Chairmaker) Ron Hock (Hock Tools), Mike Siemsen (Mike Siemsen’s School of Woodworking) and Rich Wedler (Micro Fence) (and I wish we’d had room to dragoon a few more…maybe next year).

For those of you who couldn’t attend – or for those who’d just like to relive the experience – here’s what folks are saying online about the conference (and please add in the comments any blog links I’ve missed!). I expect there will be more to come, so I’ll add to this post as I come across links.


At the Planemaker’s Dinner the panel included (left to right) Thomas Lie-Nielsen, Robin Lee, Konrad Sauer, Raney Nelson and Scott Meek.

Wood Talk (Marc Spagnuolo, Shannon Rogers, Matt Vanderlist)
“#154 – Woodworking in America 2013”

Scott Meek Woodworks
“My Favorites from WIA”

giant Cypress (Wilbur Pan)

The Renaissance Woodworker (Shannon Rogers)
“Woodworking in America Shows us that Woodworking is Growing”
“Peter Galbert Innovates WIA”
“The Marketplace at WIA 2013”

Matt’s Basement Workshop (Matt Vanderlist)
“Morning of Day 1 at Woodworking in America”
“Woodworking in America 2013 – Roy Underhill ‘TIMBER!'”

Blackburn Tools (I particularly enjoyed meeting “the saw elf” – it was a delight to see a young woman so eager to learn woodworking…and at her current pace, she’ll best my shopskills before she’s old enough to drive…if she hasn’t already)
“WIA Rundown”

The Literary Workshop (Steve Schuler)
“Woodworking in America 2013: Highlights”

Tom’s Workbench (Tom Iovino)
“The Session Whose Time Had Come”“What Made it Worth the Trip”

While the Glue Dries (Shawn Nichols)
“Lie-Nielsen Plow Plan Debut”
“WIA 2013: A Tale of Two Peters”

Highland Woodworking Blog (Molly Bagby)
“Woodworking in America 2013”
“Special WIA #Follow Friday: Online Woodworkers”

Heartwood (Rob Porcaro)
“Pics and Thoughts from Woodworking in America”

“WIA Highlights 2013 Thread”

Evans Wooden Screw Co.
“Woodworking in America and a Few New Tools”

Drunken Woodworker (David Picciuto)
“Woodworking in America 2013 – Day 2”
“Woodworking in America 2013 – Pictures”

The Penultimate Woodshop (Dyami Plotke)
“Why Are You Here: Woodworking in America 2013”

Modern Woodworkers Association
Podcast No. 41: “Woodworking in America 2013”

The Wood Whisperer
“Woodworking in America 2013”

Sauer & Steiner Toolworks (Konrad Sauer)
“Woodworking in America: Hope for the Future”

Beave’s Bench (Neal Becker)
“An Unforgettable Weekend”

Your Finest Work (Dave Jeske, Blue Spruce Toolworks)
“My Wia Update”

The Lighthearted Woodworker (Chris Landy)
“My Problem With Woodworking in America”

The saddest part – having to unload the truck.

The saddest part – having to unload the truck.

There are also lots of images posted on Face Book and Google+ on public pages – check out pictures from Lie Nielsen (I’m on the list for one of the uber-sexy new plow planes and want a tapered dovetail saw…which would make DT saw no. 6), Bad Axe Tool Works (thank you Mark for fixing “Annie Oakley“), Lee Valley (I’m intrigued by the prototype mortise chisels and tenon saws), Blue Spruce Toolworks (I covet the new joiner’s mallet), Tools for Working Wood (nifty “gimlets” bits for your power drill) and more!

And a special thanks as always to our sponsors, Bosch and Gorilla Glue, as well as the other fine makers and vendors in the Marketplace not already mentioned above (several of whom are extending their show prices for a few days or more…so if you’re in the market for a new tool or supplies, I urge you to check them out): Adjust-a-Bench, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Barnard Woodworking School, Custom Branding Irons, Digital Fabber, Earlex, Epilog Laser, Gregory Paolini Design, Guhdo GmbH, Hamilton Woodworks, Horizon Wood Products, JDS Company, Insight Toolworks, Jim Bode Tools/Tony Murland Antique Tools, Juan Vergara Planemaker, Knew Concepts, Lake Erie Toolworks, Manny’s Woodworker’s Place, Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Micro Jig, Millner-Haufen Tool Company, Nice Ash Planes, Plate 11 Bench Co., PS Wood Machines, Quality Engraving, QuarterSawnOak Co. & Whispering Pines Farm, Raven’s Edge Toolworks, Saburr-Tooth, SawStop, Shenandoah Tool Works, The Craftsman Gallery, The Superior Works, Vogt Tool Works, Woodcraft and Woodpeckers.


My new “Saddle-Tail” dovetail marking gauge from

— Megan Fitzpatrick


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  • Periodcraftsmen

    Missed another WIA, but I won’t miss the next one. I love the round table that was offered, and think another one should be offered for professionals in the field. Yet not just for professional woodworkers who been in the field 30 plus years, but also craftspeople who have been in business 10 plus years. How is the craft doing, what makes the business successful, etc.

  • Shawn Nichols

    Thanks for the shout out Megan.

  • Jonathan Szczepanski

    Lie-Nielsen? Plow? Uber?
    Why haven’t I heard of this before? What’s the skinny on it?

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