Next Stop: WIA

Tool Makers at WIA 2011 -- "The Proud and Unplugged" photo by Brian Meek
“The Proud and Unplugged” at WIA 2011

While Linda and I are sad that we missed Handworks, we are signed up to attend Woodworking in America in Covington, Kentucky (greater Cincinnati) October 18 and 19 (the seminars continue into Sunday, the 20th but the marketplace is open Friday and Saturday only.) This will be our sixth WIA and we can’t wait to see everyone. I’m hoping that those of you that we missed seeing in Amana will come to Kentucky in October to say hi.

The photo above is of the tool makers that attended WIA in 2011. I asked Megan who was “in” for this year and here’s the list so far (in no particular order) of the small, independent toolmakers and woodworkers who will be there: Konrad Sauer, Sauer & Steiner Toolworks;  Raney Nelson, Daed Toolworks; Matt Bickford, M.S. Bickford; Mark Harrell, Bad Axe Toolworks; Dale Barnard, The Cabinetmaker, Inc.; Hamilton Woodworks; Jim Bode Tools; Tony Murland Antique Tools; Knew Concepts Saws; Mike Siemsen’s School of Woodworking; Peter Galbert Chairmaker; Patrick Leach, Superior Works;  Tico Vogt, Vogt Toolworks;  Chris Schwarz, Lost Art Press.

Joe, Lee, Konrad and John at WIA 2011
Joe, Lee, Konrad and John at WIA 2011

Of course you’ll have to elbow your way past Lie-Nielsen, Lee Valley and Woodcraft (not to mention the various purveyors of p*wer tools, glues, finishes, sandpaper and lumber) to find us but we’ll be there, the Proud and Unplugged, to discuss the fine points of our products, face-to-face, hand-to-hand. And while you’re not schmoozing with us toolmakers in the marketplace, there are classes galore presented by some of the top experts in woodworking and related disciplines (including a sharpening talk by yours truly). So register now to secure a place at the table. You can buy a one-day or three-day pass to the classes which includes admittance to the marketplace. Or you can buy a ticket to the marketplace only that will set you back a mere $8 online or $10 at the door. A bargain!

Clear the dates, make some plans, don’t delay (nearby lodging fills quickly) — space is limited. Linda and I hope to see you there.

Author: Ron Hock

Owner of HOCK TOOLS (.com) and author of "The Perfect Edge, the Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers"

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