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WIA Header_ADJDrew Langsner, while new to Woodworking in America, is far from new to the topic of woodworking. A quick look down his resume clearly indicates his chops for woodworking. Plus, he’s had articles published in many magazines and has authored a number of books, including The Chairmaker’s Workshop (Lark Books), 1995 Green Woodworking – revised edition (Lark Books), Green Woodworking (Rodale Press), A Log Builder’s Handbook (Rodale Press), Country Woodcraft (Rodale Press) and Handmade (Harmony Books).

Drew_2In addition, Drew has worked with John Alexander on ladderback chairs and Dave Sawyer on Windsor chairs, and he has a degree in Painting & Sculpture and is well-versed in cooperage and bowls. He has a lot to share.

Drew and his wife, Louise, own and operate Country Workshops, a secluded 100 acre farm located in the Appalachian Mountains where they offer woodworking classes. The Country Workshops experience is much more than a traditional woodworking class.  It is an opportunity for woodworkers to experience the quiet beauty, friendly company and delicious meals reminiscent of simpler times when woodworking with hand tools was a part of everyday life.

Drew@ShaveAt this year’s Woodworking in America (register here), Drew teaches about the compound angles needed to build Windsor chairs. After this class on Friday from 10:30 – 12:30, you’ll understand how the angles work in chairmaking and how to best execute the joinery. Drew believes that if you understand the theories and historic practices behind the angles, you’ll be on the way to Windsor success.

On Saturday morning at WIA, Drew’s second session, which begins at 8:30, is Carving Tools for Green Work. In this class, he’ll demonstrate the tools he uses for green work and how those tools relate to the wood. Best of all, Drew shares exactly how he sharpens his tools; edges for green work need to be sharpened differently.

And with all the chairmaking knowledge Drew has to share, of course he’s a member on the Chairmaker’s Roundtable held Saturday at 2:00 in the afternoon.

What are you waiting on? Pull the trigger and make your reservations for Woodworking in America 2014. With the new speakers, new venue and a few new twists in the overall conference, you’ll be sad if you miss it.

— Glen D. Huey


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