Well, Another WIA is in the books. For those who don’t know WIA (Woodworking in America) is a weekend long conference that is put on by Popular Woodworking Magazine. With a variety of classes and other events like, the hand tool olympics and a banquet saluting the craft of woodworking. Being a veteran conference attendee, I’ve come to have a certain expectation for the conference and this year was no disappointment.
As usual, the Marriott/Northern Kentucky Convention Center did a great job in hosting the event. Other than the over priced market place food, though the Philly steak and cheese sandwich was to die for and at $55 I was hoping for more than lasagna at the banquet dinner….where was the filet? All nit picking aside, all the staff was great and the hotel as usual was very hospitable.
Popular Woodworking and its staff did a great job in delivering a conference well worth the price of admission. From the Hand tool Olympics, the great vendors in the market place and the informative classes taught by guys like Roy Underhill, Peter Follensbee and Chris Schwarz, I guess that’s no surprise. One of my favorite classes was the online woodworking round table. It was nice to see these guys get some recognition cause honestly, these are some of my biggest idols in the craft.
Like normal, I am coming home excited to get in the shop. Being one of those who are able to do this kind of work for a living is just a small reminder how lucky I am to do what I do. Well, most of the days!