Woodworking In America 2013 (Day 1)

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Today was a great day at the Woodworking In America conference in Covington, Kentucky!  I just wish there were six of me so I could attend all the sessions offered!

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My first session was blacksmith Peter Ross discussing hardening and tempering soft tools.  I’m afraid I could easily fall down the blacksmithing rabbit hole if I’m not careful.  In this session, Peter described and demonstrated how to (re)harden and temper tools.

Next, I sat in on Chris Schwarz’s session on Joinery Planes.  This was  a great refresher on using plow planes, rabbet planes, shoulder planes, and router planes.

After the Scharz’s session, I had about an hour and a half, so I hit the marketplace and spent most of my tool allowance in about 30 minutes.  Then I hit the Hand Tool Olympics.  Today’s events were crosscutting, boring a hole with a spoon-bit, and cutting tenons.

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In the afternoon, I went to see Ron Hock discuss sharpening edge tools.  This was a great session.  I may have to pick up a copy of Ron’s book The Perfect Edge, the Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers.

The last session of the day was with Peter Follansbee, the master joiner at Plymouth Plantation, demonstrating 17th century carving.  I am always amazed and inspired by Peter’s work.  Here are some samples he had at the conference.

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This session included added pre-show entertainment courtesy of Roy Underhill from the Woodwrights Shop.  I’m glad I was at this session to get these photos.

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Today I also had the pleasure of meeting Caleb James, a chair and plane maker whose blog I follow.  If you haven’t visited Caleb’s blog, I highly recommend it, especially if you are interested in chair or plane making.  It is chock full of great information.

Tomorrow’s sessions promise to be just as good as today’s.  I can’t wait for 9:00 tomorrow morning.  I’ll post a summary of the day tomorrow night.

Until then . . .

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