Woodworking In America Conference
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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...
Woodworking In America Interviews
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 .(For the added function of pausing the interview without starting back at the beginning, SIGN UP to receive a special link, it's FREE!)
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.
HG-1 Honing Machine
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Adam CherubiniI 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
And be sure to read Adam's column, Arts and Mysteries, in each issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine.
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(this interview runs about 53 minutes)
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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:
And of course we talk about The Woodworking in America Conference and the classes the Tom will be teaching:
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(this interview runs about 27 minutes)
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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".
Clarence BlanchardClarence 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:
And of coarse we'll talk about what Clarence will be talking about at the Woodworking in America Conference:
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:
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!
Joel MoskowitzJoel 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:
Understand Sharpening Media
Understand Western Saws