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06-08-2010 02:41 PM

I was visiting the Woodworking in America site and wondered if any of the Lumberjocks ever attended? How about a review? Was it worth the registration fee?

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 02:47 PM

I have also been thinking about this. It’s expensive but it might be worth it. Input from people with knowledge of this event will be greatly appreciated.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 06-08-2010 03:14 PM

This conference is about 25 miles from my studio.
I’ll at least go to the vendor sessions for some serious tool acquisitions.

-- 温故知新

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#3 posted 06-08-2010 03:42 PM

Would love to go. Never have, and if it ends up traveling somewhere else, I may never get to. It’s just a short drive from Toronto to get to Cinci (9 hours). But seeing as we’re down 1 income while my wife is on maternity leave (we get a year in Canada), it’s not going to happen this year.

Does it move around or is it always in the North East?

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#4 posted 06-08-2010 03:50 PM

I went to the Valley Forge conference last year. I had a great time. It was very informative (I became a HUGE Christopher Schwarz fan after it.) and entertaining. Probably the best thing about it was being surrounded by a community of woodworkers for three days. It felt great to be able to talk about woodworking non-stop if I wanted to to whoever was sitting next to me. I am going this year, but the family will be joining me – a mini-vacation for us.

-- Jonathan

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#5 posted 06-09-2010 01:54 AM

Like Johnathan I went to last years WIA , it was only 30 minutes from me so I didn’t have the lodging expense . Even with that cost factored in the show is still worth the price .

If its in the budget I say go . You’ll never get to see and learn from so many talented woodworker’s in one place for the price . I could go down the list of instructors and talk about how great each one is but I think their work speaks volumes . Even the marketplace is a great place to learn something new, not to mention all the great tools you can try out . They made the marketplace free last year at the last minute . Make sure you go to the Saturday night dinner, last years entertainment was worth the entire show price . I never laughed so hard in my life .

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#6 posted 06-09-2010 04:17 AM

I went to the first one in Berea, Ky a couple of years ago and it was totallly worth it! The class I attended with Frank Klaus on Pins First Dovetails changed the way I cut them. Don Weber is one of the wisest men I’ve ever met and the tools they have for sale in the Marketplace makes The Woodworking Show’s look like a flea market embarrassment. However, I’m not going this year even though it’s in my back yard due to financial limitations (PC for I’m broke). I will be there during the weekend attending the Marketplace. Maybe even have a beer with the guys at the pub crawl.

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#7 posted 06-09-2010 02:49 PM

I love to take cross country motorcycle rides and going to Cinci would be a great 500 mile day. Of course, then I am limited on what I can buy because of very limited storage space. Maybe that’s a good thing.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 06-09-2010 04:22 PM

I was at the one in Berea, KY. Totally worth it! I got to attend lectures and demos Underhill, Schwarz, Boggs, Dunbar, and Klausz. It’s an allstars of woodworking event. I’ll be attending the one in October as well.
If you can swing it, by all means, GO!

-- To do is to be

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#9 posted 06-12-2010 05:35 AM

I was actually across the street from this convention center earlier tonight.

I have to say though when I read it was expensive I was thinking $60 or $70, not $335.

$7 for the marketplace seems more reasonable.

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#10 posted 06-22-2010 02:17 PM

I was a presenter at the Conference in Valley Forge last Fall. From what I experienced, it was a great time for everyone. I also had a booth in the market place, which was worth signing up for the entire conference alone. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a gathering of the best tools and tool makers in one place. To get the chance to talk with, and learn from, some of the greatest woodworkers of our time isn’t a bad plus either.

At first glance the price might seem a little pricey but look at what you get for the money. It’s like taking a weekend class at a really good woodworking school (this is not a shameless plug, this is not a shameless plug…) but instead of getting one instructor you get to learn from the likes of Frank Klausz, Roy Underhill, Chris Schwarz and Glen Huey all in just a few days. Where are you going to get access to that much experience and knowledge for so little money?

I’ll be at the conference in Cinci this year too. If there’s going to be a LJ gathering, count me in. If it’s at a pub, I might even be able to convince a couple of other notable woodworkers to attend.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#11 posted 09-05-2010 03:18 PM

Look for me in gold LJs shirt

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#12 posted 09-05-2010 09:05 PM

I won’t be able to attend. I used to live in Cincinnatti. You must try Skyline Chili’s Five Way Chili! Something different than the usual fare of chili, spaghetti, etc. You will be pleasantly surprised! Have a platter for me.

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#13 posted 09-05-2010 10:04 PM

I’m not going to the classes but I will be in the Marketplace on Saturday to see my buddy Don Weber.

From what I understand, WIA is sold out so it may be too late for anyone to sign up.

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#14 posted 09-06-2010 04:07 AM

Classes are sold out, but you can still go and ck out the vendors. Always pick up some tid bit of info just talking to them and other wwers

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#15 posted 10-01-2010 02:25 PM

will be walking around the vendors this morning around 11am … wearing my lj t-shirt

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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