• Saturday, May 18th, 2013


Woodworking In America, the annual extravaganza hosted by Popular Woodworking magazine, will be held Friday through Sunday, October 18-20, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio (Covington, Kentucky, to be exact).

I’ll be there, and I’m stoked. Here’s why:

Most of all, I will meet many of my fellow woodworkers, including readers of this blog. Some I have communicated with for years and will finally meet in person.

I plan to do a lot of learning (and drooling) at the booths of the toolmakers in the Marketplace section of the conference. This will be a great chance to pick the brains of the small-scale, ultra quality toolmakers that I so greatly admire. I might even have a suggestion or two to offer.

The classes have first-rate presenters and useful topics. Among the many offerings, I have my eye on a carving class with Mary May, Sketch Up sessions with Bob Lang, the historical perspectives of Don Williams, and gleaning what I can from the brilliance of Silas Kopf.

As if all of that is not enough, I plan to take up saw maker extraordinaire Mark Harrell of Bad Axe Toolworks on his claim that he can transform any key on my keyring into a serviceable dovetail saw in five minutes with nothing more than a 5″ extra slim saw file.

Of course, Mark has said nothing of the sort, but I do know that WIA is going to be a great time, and I will gain knowledge and skills. I hope to see you there. Go to this link to register.

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4 Responses

  1. Correction, Rob: I will use a 4″ xx-slim taper file to transform any key on your key ring into a serviceable dovetail saw! Cheers ~ Mark

  2. 2

    Haha, OK, you’re on brother. With the thusly produced saw, I will make a full size dovetailed blanket chest in 10 minutes. In white oak.

  3. Rob, looking forward to meeting you at WIA. I’ll be laboring in the Bad Axe booth under the watchful eye of Harrell helping him sell his high quality product.

  4. 4

    Hey, great, Rick, thanks. Should be a great few days.