Attending the Woodworking in America conference was a little different for us this year. My wife and I were both running cameras for various sessions (which got us in free!). On the first day, my wife ran cameras for Graham Blackburn, as well as for Brian Coe, a joiner who supervises all the costumed interpreters at Old Salem. Meanwhile, I took my own kids down to Old Salem to see the sights.
The next day, I ran camera for Phil Lowe as he showed how to make a full-scale drawing of a chair, and for Matt Cianci as he taught saw sharpening. Thanks to Matt, I now know what I’ve been doing wrong. My next sharpening attempts should be better. I also took a quick spin with the kids around the Marketplace. I could have spent all day there, but as it was, the kids seemed to hover between enjoyment and bemusement.
My son, R, found a mallet just his size at the Lee Valley display. He promptly tried to hammer in the pegs it had been hanging on.
My kids also got a good look at the high-tech, mechanized side of woodworking. The Legacy CNC Woodworking booth featured a CNC machine that was cutting names and designs into pieces of cedar.
All four of the kids took home a custom-made nameplate.
Since this event was part of the kids’ schooling experience (life is learning, after all), we made up a pictorial scavenger hunt for the Marketplace. To make the list, my wife and I looked at the list of exhibitors online, visited their websites, and picked out pictures of items we thought would be likely to show up at their booths. I think the kids found everything on the list, except for Roy Underhill.
One of the items on the list was the Knew Concepts fretsaw. My daughter, A, got to try it out. (My wife wants one now.) My youngest daughter, M, learned to positively identify a backsaw, and she went around the room picking out every single backsaw she could find.
K also got to try out the travishers made by Claire Minihan and offered by Peter Galbert. Claire was on hand to give K some pointers, but she got the hang of it pretty quickly. I hope to see this more often: young women working wood.
More pictures of the event coming soon!