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Roy Underhill at Woodworking in AmericaWhen it comes time to choose instructors for our Woodworking in America conferences, I feel like a kid set loose in the candy store. We don’t use demographic studies or market research, instead we sit down as a group and each of us presents a list of the woodworkers we really want to meet, shake hands with and learn from. Some of them are folks we know, who have written for Popular Woodworking Magazine and some of them are new to us. As a group, they are incredibly talented, experienced and knowledgeable.

Jim Ipekjian at work on a Greene & Greene reproductionThe opportunity to meet and take a class from any one of these woodworkers is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and to see all of them in one place, over one weekend increases that experience exponentially. Most class sessions are scheduled for an hour, with a half-hour long question-and-answer session immediately following. For some topics, we’ve scheduled longer sessions. For example, at the Cincinnati Woodworking in America, you can spend an afternoon with Curtis Buchanan and overdose on his techniques for making a Windsor chair. In Pasadena, you can find out from Jim Ipekjian how the Hall Brothers put together the furniture designed by Charles and Henry Greene and how to create the signature inlays of this distinctive work.

Frank Klausz with WIA attendeeIf you read through the list of instructors for Cincinnati, or the list for Pasadena, you will see a common thread and that is the length of time these folks have been doing what they do. Twenty-five, 30, even 40 years or more of working with wood builds an incredible base of knowledge and our instructors share their knowledge with conference attendees in a friendly way. You’ll see them work at the bench with a large video screen showing a close up view. Or you’ll see images of amazing work and hear the stories behind it. You can ask these woodworkers your questions after the formal class winds down.

Woodworking in America is an event like no other. In addition to the class sessions, there is a Marketplace where you can find the best toolmakers all in one place, meet them personally and take the tools for a test drive. And there are special after hours events in the evenings. Sign up now!

Click Here to Register for the Cincinnati Woodworking in America Conference, November 2,3 & 4, 2012

Click Here to Register for the Pasadena Woodworking in America Conference, October 12, 13 & 14, 2012

– Robert W. Lang

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    How woodworking skills have developed from centuries past, yet despite all the new tools the ancient skills remain as gold. What is the connection between the tool and the woodworker? The results depend very much on a unity between the mind and the tool being used. Further comment at

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