The Thomas Moser keynote speech video is back

One of my readers wondered what happened to the Thomas Moser keynote speech video from the Woodworking in America conference at St Charles, Illinois, in 2009.

As I mentioned not long ago, I am in the process of uploading much of the old the video content into my new YouTube channel. Last night I uploaded the Moser video. You will find it in the original blog article, here.

The following is a screen grab from the video:

Moser: Still use hand tools.

Moser: Still use hand tools.


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Popular Woodworking Magazine in a Google+ hangout

I had a great hangout today!

As I announced recently, I invited the Publisher and Editors of Popular Woodworking Magazine to join me in a Google+ Hangout on Air.

Joining me in the hangout today were:

  • Kevin Ireland, Publisher
  • Matthew Teague, Editor
  • Robert (Bob) Lang, Executive Editor
  • Steve Shanesy, Senior Editor, and
  • Megan Fitzpatrick, Managing Editor.

We talked about:

  1. The upcoming Woodworking in America conferences in Pasadena, CA, and in Cincinatti, OH
  2. Changes to the organization in the last 9-10 months.
  3. The recently-launched videos of Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Shop.
  4. Hand tools vs. power tools.
  5. Table saw safety.
  6. I forgot to ask Steve about the decision on the Moser table! Sorry Steve!

My thanks to all participants – and my best wishes for a wonderful year in 2012. I hope to see you at one of the upcoming Woodworking in America conferences!

Audio-only file.

Right-click on this link to download the audio-only file. However, if you simply click on the link, the player will open in a new tab, and you will be able to listen on your computer.

The timing of the audio-only file is identical to the following YouTube video:

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How much do you know about a Doric column?


I did not know much about a Doric column, or the Doric orders of classical architecture. I knew even less how they apply to the design work I do, as I was not trained as a woodworker (I learned it the hard way). But I learned a lot of the basics from George Walker during the Woodworking in America (WIA) conference in 2010. I am certain he can talk about the columns, and the intricacies of the Doric order, for days on end:

George Walker on design - the Doric column

George taught several sessions on Design in at least two conferences. Although he won’t be an instructor at the 2011 conference in Cincinnati, he will be working the SAPFM booth. You will have a chance to pick his brain, in person, and in a totally informal way.

That is what I find fascinating about the WIA conferences. As  woodworkers, we have a chance to meet and talk to people who have expertise beyond anything we have today, to help us grow in whatever we tackle in our craft.

This year, for example, the focus of the conference is joinery:

Popular Woodworking Magazine has gathered the top craftsmen working today to help you perfect your skills, particularly when it comes to joinery. You’ll get up-close-and-personal with these legends of woodworking during hands-on sessions that answer all your joinery questions.
Woodworking in America
Speakers page
I stole this from the WIA Speakers page. I invite you to read that page; based on the expertise of the presenters invited, we can again expect a terrific conference in 2011 — dare I predict the best yet?

Your plans?

  • Are YOU interested in Joinery as a main topic?
  • Do you struggle with some types of joinery more than others?
  • What is your favorite joinery to make boxes?

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