It’s a “pride” of lions, “murder” of crows, “gaggle” of geese and “pod” of dolphins. So what, then, is the proper term for a gathering of woodworkers?
We’re gearing up for the 2015 Woodworking in America conference next month, so whatever you call a group of woodworkers, you’ll find them Sept. 25-27 at the Sheraton Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. You can still register for the classes, conversations and fun here.
But back to the group of woodworkers. A “forest” of woodworkers doesn’t really work. A “stick” of woodworkers? (No, that’s taken by the paratroopers.) A “cord” of woodworkers? Judging from the firmly held opinions I see on online woodworking forums, perhaps an “argument” of woodworkers. But that’s too negative. An “Underhill” of woodworkers? No, there’s only one of those.
My choice? A “till” of woodworkers. A till can hold many useful items, not all of which are tools.
But as with all things to do with wood, I know there will be a raft of suggestions and advice from others – so I am holding a contest.
Give me your best suggestion for what a group of woodworkers should be called in comments below by noon Monday (August 17), and I’ll gather a blue-ribbon panel (OK, the folks near my cubicle) and we’ll pick a winner. The winner will receive a FREE copy of “The Practical Woodworker.” This four-volume set of books – edited by Bernard Jones – offers a wealth of information on early 20th-century woodworking techniques.
So wave away the “cloud” of gnats, the “herd” of cattle, “swarm” of bees, “pack” of wolves and think about your woodworking cohorts – what are we?