WIA11: We Came, We Saw, We Kicked It's (Bad) Axe!
|The marketplace gathered around the Hand Tool Olympics booth.|
|Panorama of the party.|
|Charles Brock talks chair joinery.|
Friday began with the sun glaring through the hotel window (I had forgotten to close the shades at 3:30 am). Somehow I dragged my butt to a 9:00 am class and I settled in for “The Maloof Leg-to-Seat Joint with Charles Brock”. The class was interesting, and Charles is a nice, considerate southern gentleman. Unfortunately, I’ve already seen this joint demonstrated by Andy Chidwick, and having listened to Shannon Rogers’ interview with Charles Brock during my drive to Cincinnati, I had already heard all the anecdotes.
|"Find the hidden drawer."|
|"This is how you cut it" says the Hand Tool Headmaster.|
|Matt records Rob making a dovetail joint. No pressure.|
|Vic gets a little "illegal coaching" in the Hand Tool Olympics.|
|You MUST take a class with Adam Cherubini|
Following Shannon to Adam’s class was the revelation of the weekend for me. Though Adam’s traditional 18th Century methodology isn’t the way I work wood (did I mention I own 9 routers?), he is a fantastic speaker and educator. The detail he goes into, the historical perspective he brings and tangents he goes off on are all amazing to watch and listen to. Even if I would make it with a table saw and Domino, the 18th century nailed furniture style piece he discussed was a beautiful cabinet.
|Silly, Tom. Dancing is allowed on the seats, not the tables.|
|How many woodworkers can you fit at a table?|
|Another great class with Adam Cherubini. Did I mention you must|
take a class with him?
|With speed and accuracy like that, how'd we lose?|
|His plane making makes up for any deficit in public speaking.|
|Matt Gradwohl, hand model to the stars.|
|Nothing to add. Just a great bunch of guys.|
After Adam’s final talk there were no classes left needing to be taken, so I headed down to the marketplace again and met up with my blue shirted brethren. We managed to amuse a few spectators (and maybe even Charles Brock) when we shooed folks away and took our group photo in front of the fantastic Sinclair Tool Museum.
|Yes, we can dominate a dining room.|
|See you next year, my friends.|
Oh, and did I mention that Rob Bois won a tenon saw?
|Rob Bois: Tenon Saw Winning, Woodworking Underwear Model.|