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Just got home from the Woodworking in America Midwest, the second of two conferences held this fall. Just want to say thanks to all of you who attended and supported these conferences. I really enjoyed meeting folks and appreciated the opportunity I was given to do so. Thanks also to F&W pubs and Popular Woodworking Magazine. I’m very grateful.

Like my magazine articles, my talks this year intended to convey an understanding beyond the information contained in them. I gave three talks, 18th-century Tricks of the Trade, 18th-century Stock Preparation, and Moldings with Hollows and Rounds. Here’s a brief run down of each:

18th-century Tricks of the Trade attempted to paint a picture of 18th-century woodworking attitudes to draw the distinction between modern hand tool woodwork and period work. Period craftsmen worked with a fairly restricted palette of easy-to-work woods. Their tools were highly optimized, but sometimes the details that contributed to their performance can be overlooked. Lastly, period craftsmen were men of their time.


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