The first-ever Woodworks Conference later this month (Sept. 26-28) in Perth, Ontario, still has some spots available if you have that weekend free.
The organizers have lined up some great speakers: Garrett Hack, Tom Fidgen, Mark Harrell of Bad Axe Toolworks, planemaker Konrad Sauer, inlay whiz Linda Manzer and Ron Barter of Rosewood Studios. I’ll be there, too, talking about chipbreakers and traditional nails.
If you live in the Midwest or on the East Coast of the United States, Perth is actually an easy drive and is well worth the trip. It’s a quaint old stone town with lots of nice restaurants and shops. In other words, you can bring the family and they’ll be happy.
In addition to the speakers there will be a small “Emporium” where small-scale toolmakers and sellers will be showing off their stuff, both antique and new. Check out the vendor list here. The event is being put on by the Ottawa Woodworkers Association and is being held at Algonquin College Heritage Institute.
If you can make it, I highly recommend the trip. Registration information is here.
— Christopher Schwarz