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Woodworking In America Conference

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(Registration is NOW CLOSED! To be added to the waiting list, go to, WoodworkinginAmerica.com.)


 

  •  Are you interested in hand tools and learning how to use them properly?
  • Like a chance to rub elbows with the country's best hand tool woodworkers and manufactures?
  • Would you like to give a hand tool a test drive before you buy?
  • Would you like to hear straight from the presenter's mouth what they will be teaching/demonstrating at the conference?
  • If you answered YES to any of these questions (and if you didn't, what's wrong with you?) Read On...

By now you've probably heard of the Woodworking In America Conference that's being held in Berea, Kentucky November 14-16.  This conference is being brought to you by the same folks who publish Popular Woodworking  and Woodworking Magazine  so you know it's going to be top notch. 


We thought you might like to HEAR from the presenters/demonstrators that will be at this year's conference.  So we've been working hard to make that happen for you.  We've already got several interviews "in the can" for you to enjoy.  We'll be releasing these over the next several weeks.

 
But before you scroll down to listen to our first interview...

 

 

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Woodworking In America Interviews


 

Michael Dunbar


 Our first interview is with the Dean of Windsor Chairmakers, Michael Dunbar. Michael, along with his wife Sue, are owners of the The Windsor Institute , the only school in the world dedicated to teaching the art of building Windsor chairs. He has single handedly been responsible for the revival of building Windsor chairs, an art that was almost lost.

Michael and his staff have also worked with many tool makers to improve the specialized tools involved in the making of chairs. His enthusiasm for Windsor chairs and for hand tools comes through loud and clear during our interview.

I know you're going to enjoy listening to Michael talk about how he got started in woodworking, The Windsor Institute, and what he will be teaching at this year's Woodworking in America Conference. After listening to the interview come back and check out The Windsor Institute's  website to learn more about all the different classes that are available, and while you're there, be sure to catch up on what Michael is writing on his blog .  

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John Economaki

John Economaki is the Founder and President of Bridge City Tool Works - a company that has been responsible for producing some of the finest heirloom quality hand tools for over 25 years. John is also heavily involved in the design process of some of Bridge City Tool Works most innovative tools. A great example of this is the brand new Jointmaker Pro.
Unless you've had your head in the sand over the past couple of months, you've undoubtedly heard of this tool. There has been a lot written about it, both pro and con. Before you pass judgment on this new tool by what others are saying, you owe it to yourself to hear about this amazing tool from John himself.

Listen as John tells about his past as a designer/woodworker and how he started Bridge City Tool Works. We also get into a conversation about the Jointmaker Pro, where John discusses many of the concerns that some people may have about this new tool. And of course, we talk about the classes that John will be teaching at this year's Woodworking in America Conference. And if you want a firsthand look at the new Jointmaker Pro, John assures me he will be bringing one to the Woodworking in America Conference. Trust me, you won't want to miss out on this.


After listening to the interview, come back and check out some of the incredible videos that we talk about during our interview.  While you're on the Bridge City site, be sure to check out John's Blog


Also, if you would like to read the review mentioned during our interview by the independent forum member (which is from the Festool owners group) you can read it here.

Jointmaker Pro

     Introductory Video

     Texture and Decorative Cuts

     Cutting Dovetails

 

HG-1 Honing Machine

     How-To Video

 
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We'd love to hear your feedback, leave your questions or comments here.

 
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Adam Cherubini

I had a lot of fun interviewing Adam. He's hilarious and extremely insightful about his craft. He wears many different hats: Period furniture maker, Contributing Editor for Popular Woodworking Magazine, writes on two different blogs, volunteers at Pennsbury Manor, and has a day "job" outside of woodworking.

Adam opens up about a variety of topics. He talks about being product oriented vs. process oriented when it comes to furniture making. There may be many more woodworkers who feel that way than we think (I'm one). Adam also explains why he chooses to build period furniture completely with hand tools (his reasons will probably surprise you!). We also get into a discussion on how the museum community is influencing the future of reproduction furniture making.

Our talk gets into how our forefathers had advantages over us when it came to the availability of different kinds of hand tools and what 18 century woodworkers lacked compared to what we have. Adam talks about how the hand tool market is lagging behind for cabinet makers vs. specialty woodworkers (such as chair makers), reasons why, and what he's doing about it

I also have to brag a little bit on Adam, he was recently selected by Early American Life magazine for its prestigious "Directory of Traditional American Crafts", in which a panel of judges (comprised of museum curators, dealers and other experts) reviews submissions and selects only the best. It's an honor bestowed upon only a handful of craftspeople each year.

Check out the interview and also hear Adam talk about the classes he will be teaching at this year's Woodworking in America Conference being held in Berea, KY.

To learn more about Adam, visit his two blogs:

Arts and Mysteries Blog
This is the blog that Adam writes that compliments his column in Popular Woodworking Magazine by the same name.

AdamCherubini.com
This is Adam's personal website where people can commission him to build period reproductions and purchase his hand tools.

And be sure to read Adam's column, Arts and Mysteries, in each issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Let us know what you think by leaving a comment on our blog @: www.WoodworkersResource.com/blog/

(this interview runs about 53 minutes)

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Thomas Lie-Nielsen


 When people think of high quality hand planes, one of the first companies to come to mind for most is Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, and for good reason. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks has been turning out some of the best "Stanley" type hand planes for over 25 years.

However, over the last several years Lie-Nielsen Toolworks has been turning out a lot more than just hand planes.

In our fourth interview I have the opportunity to talk to the owner and founder of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Thomas Lie-Nielsen. We talk about:

  • What it was like to start a tool manufacturing company 25 years ago when woodworking hand tools weren't as popular.
  • The challenges they faced bringing chisels to the market.
  • Some of Lie-Nielsen's newest tools - Workbenches, Progressive Pitch Saws, Inlay Tools, Educational DVDs, and much more.
  • What a typical day is like for Tom Lie-Nielsen.
  • My own suggestion for a new product for Lie-Nielsen: You're gonna love this!
  • You'll even get to hear first hand what new tools Lie-Nielsen will be coming out with in the near future (I'm VERY excited about this one!).
  • And much, much more.

And of course we talk about The Woodworking in America Conference and the classes the Tom will be teaching:

  • Modern Tools: Tolerances and Myths.
  • How Modern Tools are Designed and Made.
  • Bevel-Up vs. Bevel-Down Planes (CLOSED).
  • Modern Tools: Tolerances and Myths (repeated session).

We'd love to hear your feedback, leave your questions or comments here.

(this interview runs about 27 minutes)

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Robin Lee

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If you're on any of the woodworking forums around the Internet and asked a question to the group about Lee Valley Tools, or Veritas Tools,, you undoubtedly received a direct response from the President of the company, Robin Lee. And if you've ever bought any tools from the company (and if you haven't, you're doing yourself a disservice) you'll get that same down home friendly service. This is no surprise coming from a company whose philosophy on customer service is to "treat each customer like they're your friend".


Lee Valley has bee making some of the best woodworking, hardware, and garden tools in the business for the past 30 years.


Rob may be President of a large corporation but that doesn't mean that he just sits behind a big desk pushing paper. In fact Rob holds several patents on woodworking tools and is very active in new tool development.


Here are some of the topics that we covered during our interview:

  • The first product that Lee Valley shipped (hint: It's not a woodworking tool).
  • Why the customer base in woodworking differs from any other business out there (this one will make you proud to be a woodworker).
  • What does Rob Lee do in his spare time?
  • What's the best part of running Lee Valley Tools? (Hint: It has something to do with being the equivalent of a rock star!)
  • What all goes into new product development?
  • Ever wondered what the name Veritas means and why it was choosen?
  • And much, much more!
And of course we talk about what Rob will be talking about at this year's Woodworking in America Conference:

  • Modern Tools: Tolerances and Myths
  • How Modern Tools are Designed and Made
  • Bevel-Up vs. Bevel-Down Planes
  • Infill Roundtable: Construction, Mechanics and Use


We'd love to hear your feedback, leave your questions or comments here.



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Clarence Blanchard

Blanchard.jpgClarence is president of Antique & Collectible Tools Inc., the corporation that owns the Fine Tool Journal and Brown Auction Services. Clarence began collecting tools early on in his life, which first started because of his interest in woodworking. He quickly learned that he enjoyed collecting tools more than working with them. Clarence worked as a Chemical Engineer for years while his interest in tools steadily grew.

His interest culminated with the purchase of the Fine Tool Journal in 1995. After growing the journal for two years, Clarence then purchased Brown Auction Services in 1997, which is the number one antique tool auction company in the world!

Here's some of the things you'll learn in the interview:

  • What exactly is the Fine Tool Journal?
  • Where do the tools come from that the Fine Tool Journal and Brown Auction Services sell?
  • What are some of the differences between antique tools and some of the hand tools being produced today by high-end manufactures?
  • What goes on at the two large auctions that Brown Auction Services put on each year and what you can expect to find?
  • How much the world record Sandusky center wheel plow plane went for? (This will blow your mind!)
  • How you can find antique tools you're looking for using Clarence's companies.

And of coarse we'll talk about what Clarence will be talking about at the Woodworking in America Conference:

  • Hands-On Clinic: Rehabbing Old Tools
  • Vintage Tools: Their Advantages, Disadvantages and Value

We'd love to hear your feedback, leave your questions or comments here.



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Dave Jeske

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Blue Spruce Toolworks was started in 2002 by Dave Jeske. In that short amount of time, Dave has made quite a name for his company, and more importantly, for the tools that he makes.

The first tool that Dave made was a marking knife. This knife is designed specifically for smaller scale precision joinery. This little marking knife was bought by Christopher Schwarz and is now one of his favorite tools. To me, that's high praise. Then in the May/June issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine, the Blue Spruce marking knife was vote "Best Overall" in a line up of 15 other marking knives.

Dave has also expanded his line of tools to include mallets, awls, dovetail chisels, and more.

In our interview with Dave you'll get to hear:

  • How Dave's background in engineering and specifically working with metal helped launch his new career.
  • Why Dave chose a marking knife as his first tool to produce.
  • What lead him to give up his engineering job to become a full-time tool maker.
  • What keeps him motivated to put in the long hours needed to run a successful business (other than his mortgage!)
  • Insight into what it's like to strike out on your own: Things he expected and some things that he didn't.

Dave also talks about a new tool line that he's working on. He's tight lipped about it during the interview, but he hopes to unveil it at this year's Woodworking in America Conference. When I learn about it, you'll be the first to know. Stay tuned!


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Joel Moskowitz

Joel-Moskowitz.jpgJoel Moskowitz is the owner of Gramercy Tools, makers of premium hand tools such as handsaws, brushes, hold fasts, and much more. He also runs a successful retail business in Brooklyn, NY under the name Tools for Working Wood. However, Joel's first business in the woodworking world came as a virtual woodworking museum called what else but Museum of Woodworking Tools. This site has an incredible amount of information on woodworking tools, and just like any museum, the "displays" are constantly changing.

In our interview we discuss:

  • Joel's interest in the history of tools.
  • His first job out of college designing tools for Black & Decker.
  • How the Museum of Woodworking Tools was developed simply as a demo for another job.
  • Popular Woodworking Magazine has picked several of Gramercy Tool's as "Best New Tools" for the year including their Crosscut Carcase saw as a 2008 winner
  • Joel's collection of woodworking books and catalogs (one the best in the world)!
  • What Joel sees happening in the hand tool market in the next 10 years.
And of coarse we'll discuss Joel's classes at this year's Woodworking in America Conference:

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Understand Western Saws