The No. 8 Reason to Attend Woodworking in America 2013

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8. Peter Ross, the blacksmith wunderkind of Colonial Williamsburg, will be speaking at WIA. Peter makes some of the finest historic tools, and locks and hinges and hardware I’ve ever seen. He’s going to be talking at WIA on lots of subjects where the blacksmith’s art crosses paths with that of the woodworker – including fixing tools that have been overheated and some of his insights into historic tools.

Peter should know. He was one of the few craftsmen at Williamsburg to inspect and record all of the contents of the Benjamin Seaton tool chest during its U.S. tour. His work and drawings are in the newly revised “The Tool Chest of Benjamin Seaton” book. It is a must-have for history and tool nerds. (Nerd alert: I’m going to ask Peter to sign mine.)

Prying Peter out of his shop in North Carolina is a major coup for WIA. Don’t miss this.

Continued tomorrow.

Sign up for Woodworking in America, Oct. 18-20. Monkeys will not fly out of your bum.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and DVDs specializing in hand tool techniques.
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3 Responses to The No. 8 Reason to Attend Woodworking in America 2013

  1. Peter made all my chest hardware including hinges, crab lock and handles. Amazing, one-of-a-kind work. Hopefully he’ll bring one of his crab lock examples to share at WIA.

  2. gburbank says:

    terribly dissapointed to hear about those flying monkeys…what else do I have to look forward to now?

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