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07-15-2010 10:44 PM

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I just tried to register to go to the Woodworking in America Conference and FAIL!

It seems every interesting session/class is full. has anyone else had this issue? i figured I was registering in plenty of time—for October. Anyway, very disappointing and just curious what the deal was and if folks had any experience from years past.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 07-16-2010 12:44 AM

Did you actually get a message that the conference is sold out? I know the conference was close to being sold out within the last couple of weeks but I have not heard that they had completely sold out as yet.

From what I understand, when you register for the conference youi are being asked which sessions you’d like to attend so they can get an idea of how much space each session is going to need. If the session is marked “at capacity” they are supposed to be adjusting the space. Again, from what I have been told, you will be able to attend the sessions you want regardless of how it’s listed on the website.

Your best bet might be to call the magazine and see if they still have space or not.

-- Chuck Bender, 360 WoodWorking, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#2 posted 07-16-2010 01:31 AM

it’s confusing—when I go to click on the sessions i want it says FULL CAPACITY.
You are right I think I will try to call them

-- Chris

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#3 posted 07-16-2010 04:26 AM

Chuck is correct. The event is not yet at capacity—though it is very close.

We’ve asked for registrants to sign up for specific sessions so we could gauge interest, and schedule rooms as necessary based on size (and based on the popularity of the “closed” sessions, we’re in the midst of securing some additional space). You are not beholden to the schedule you signed up for and you can move around amongst classes (though fire codes will be, necessarily, enforced – and we want to make sure everyone in the session can see/hear the speaker).

Those sessions that are now showing as “closed” on the schedules are those that were most popular. We will not, to the best of my knowledge, be checking names at the door; the sessions will be on a first-come, first-served basis (and as of 7/15, there is room for everyone who signed up already, and a few more, just to be safe).

The reason we’ve “closed” those classes is to indicate that they will be crowded, and that perhaps those who are just now registering should arrange their schedules accordingly (perhaps staying for the Sunday sessions – or looking for a repeat of a desired class).

We did not offer one-day registrations this year, nor are we going to, as full-conference registration has been great (for which we thank you). The marketplace will be open to the public, for what I think is a $7 entrance fee, but sessions will not be available to anyone other than you guys and others who signed up for the conference proper.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me (megan.fitzpatrick(at)fwmedia (dotcom).

Hope that helps,
(managing editor, PWM)

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#4 posted 07-16-2010 04:30 AM

I’m out of the office this week teaching at Marc Adams, so I can’t give an official word at this time. Chuck is correct, the last count I saw had the conference close to being sold out. I’ve let the “in office” folks know about this issue and we should have a clarification in the morning.

Bob Lang, executive editor
Popular Woodworking Magazine

-- Bob Lang,

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#5 posted 07-16-2010 06:37 PM

Thanks Bob & Megan-
I will sign up today!
And Bob—Thanks for the Sketchup DVD series—It’s awesome!
See you at WWA!

-- Chris

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