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A Weekend Well-Spent

The inaugural Weekend With WOOD event wrapped up on May 19th 2013 in the WOOD magazine shops and world headquarters. And all indications are that it was a huge hit. Of course, don’t take my word for it, instead look at all the grins on these woodworkers’ faces:

The weekend was a flurry of woodworking education conducted by the country’s top instructors and punctuated by some great times visiting with fellow woodworkers. Here are a few photos we snapped of the event:

Backed by an industrial spray booth, WOOD Magazine’s Jim Heavey explains Spray Finishing:


Over in the WOOD Studio Shop, Marc Adams from the Marc Adams School of Woodworking discusses how the properties of wood influence the design and construction choices we make in woodworking:


George Vondriska of Woodworker’s Guild of America and The Wild Earth Woodworking School teaches about router-table joinery:


Zane Powell from the Marc Adams School of Woodworking teaches Cabinetmaking in the Carpentry Shop:


WOOD Magazine turning expert Brian Simmons’ hollow turning demonstration wowed attendees. After turning, then hollowing a vessel, Brian bandsawed off the side of the vessel so we could see exactly what was going on internally as he finished hollowing.


Gary Rogowski from the Northwest Woodworking Studio talks about Joinery:


Tom McLaughlin of McLaughlin Woods packed a ton of chairmaking info into his classes:


Up in the WOOD Shop, WOOD Magazine Design Editor John Olson taught about hand tools to a full room while Senior Design Editor Kevin Boyle heckled:


WOOD Magazine Senior Design Editor Kevin Boyle talks about drawer construction while Design Editor John Olson heckled. It came to be known by attendees as The Kevin and John Show:


Small class sizes meant plenty of opportunities to interact with instructors and staff:


A little souvenir to take home:


A great big thank you to our sponsors who made this thing happen:


Throw in great meals and door prizes and swag bags and a little socializing at the brewery next door and that all added up to a fun event. We had a fantastic time meeting all of you and hope to see you again next year! Keep an eye out for announcements for next years’ event in the magazine, the eNewsletter, the official Weekend With WOOD website, and over at the Weekend With WOOD Facebook page.


Lucas Peters, WOOD Digital Content Manager


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5 Responses to “A Weekend Well-Spent”

  1. Just wanted to thank all of you at Wood who put on this event. I had a great time learning. A weekend full of tools, talking about wood and smelling sawdust, what could be better. Hope to do it again in the future. Thanks again.

  2. Give a big hand to the staff that put up with us all and made us feel at home, you did great. You set the bar highfor your self, and made it happen.
    I am ready to sign up for next years “Weekend 2014″
    Next time I will bring some pictures of my shop and projects that I built to share with fellow woodworkers.


  3. I learned more in one weekend than I had up to that point in my woodworking hobby. All of the instructors were master craftsmen, and all were excellent educators! I sure hope this is done again next year.

  4. Thank you Wood Magazine for a well organized weekend; looking forward to the survey so I can provide some feedback.

    Hope no one missed it but, if you were an attendee, your swag bag had a card in it for a whopping 50% off any order from WorkSharp; no qualifications! So if you wanted a WorkSharp 3000…there ya go at 50% off! I already have one so I stocked up on see-through discs and got a leather honing wheel.

  5. After my tablesaw and my routers and bits this was probably the best investment I have made in my woodworking skills to date. The instructors were all very personable and entertaining. The staff from WOOD were very gracious and really made everyone feel at home in their facility. I hope that I am able to attend this year after year as it was a very well organized event.

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