The second annual Fine Woodworking Live event at SCSU in New Haven, CT has come and gone. What a wonderful time we all had connecting with woodworkers, friends and staff. It was a resounding success, and I heard nothing but praise from all the folks I talked too.
The fun started Thursday night with registration, drinks and snacks, a chance to mingle and see the variety of products from the sponsors: Lie-Nielsen, Knew Concepts, Lee Valley, Eureka Zone and NexaBond. Friday started with a presentation by Jon Binzen, followed by a full day of classes and ending with the Build-Off (photo at left). Eight teams of four were given a stack of 2 x 4s, a Bosch saber saw,and drill/driver, and asked to construct and type of seating in 90 minutes. There were benches, settees, rockers and chairs, and prizes for the first three winners. Great fun.
Saturday started with a short viewing of a series of evolving designs by each of the presenters: Michael Fortune, Steve Latta, Mike Pekovitch, Matt Kenney, Peter Gedrys, John Tetreault, Phil Lowe and myself, followed by another full day of elective courses and workshops. I had presentation on dovetails and drawers, 40 years of shop tips and tricks, and Shaker design. Saturday evening was the reception and banquet, with Brian Boggs as keynote speaker. Sunday morning concluded with two more sessions of classes and presentations.
It was a well organized, well attended, much appreciated, and fun weekend. Many thanks to the folks who attended my presentations, stopped the chat and ask questions, and to the sponsors and the great staff at Fine Woodworking. It was an event not to be missed. Sign up early next year!
C.H. Becksvoort © 2013