Ever since Popular Woodworking announced the first Woodworking In America conference I’ve wanted to go but something always got in the way. Either I couldn’t get the time away from school or work, or my budget didn’t cooperate – there was always something.
Well, fast-forward to this year. This time around there will be a WIA conference within reasonable driving distance of my home in Utah (about 11 hours according to Google Maps). Also, I started a new job about a month ago with a more flexible work schedule and a little better pay. These all came together to make it finally make it work. So earlier this evening I registered. I struggled for a while trying to decide which classes I’ll be attending. I’m still not completely happy with my class schedule. I kinda wish Sunday would be a full day; then I could take all the classes I want.
As it stands, this will be my schedule:
Friday, October 12
- 9:30 – 11:00 The Rake’s Progress – Roy Underhill
- 11:00 – 12:30 Make Your Own Simple Hand Tools – Yeung Chan
- 2:00 – 3:30 Carving an Acanthus Leaf – Mary May
- 4:00 – 5:30 Bentwood Lamination – David Marks
Saturday, October 13
- 9:00 – 10:30 Dovetails from Philly to Bermuda – Charles Bender
- 11:00 – 12:30 Classic Joints with Power Tools – Yeung Chan
- 1:00 – 2:30 Arts & Crafts Details – Robert Lang
- 4:00 – 5:30 Double-Bevel Marquetry – David Marks
Sunday, October 14
- 9:30 – 11:00 Build a Sawbench in an Hour – Chris Schwarz
- 11:30 – 1:00 The Furniture Style With No Name – Chris Schwarz
It’s not a perfect schedule, I’d like more time to wander around the marketplace and I’d like to get a class with Glen Huey & Adam Cherubini. I may end up splitting time between a couple classes, I dunno. We’ll see.
I’m also thinking about trying to visit the Sam Maloof estate. I’ll hit the road right after work on Wednesday. I’ll probably stay the night in Mesquite, NV and then drive the rest of the way early the next morning with the goal of checking into my hotel in Pasadena around 1:00pm. From there I want to head up to the Maloof place. According to their site, they have tours Thursdays and Saturdays, but since I’ll be in classes all day Saturday, Thursday is really the only option. I don’t know if that includes being able to see the shop or not, I imagine there may be some insurance issues with that. Can’t hurt to ask though.
Sunday afternoon, after the last class with The Schwarz I’ve got a friend to visit near LA and then high tail it back to Utah for work Tuesday.
I’m thinking about filming the journey and putting together some sort of summary video at the end. We’ll see. Are you going to WIA WEST? If so, lemme know. I’d like to meet up with as many of my online shop mates as I can while I’m there.