WIA Extras and Activities

Woodworking in America is much more than just a chance to learn from the best in woodworking and try out the tools you’ve been dreaming about (although those two activities alone are worth the price of admission!). It’s also a chance to meet other, like-minded woodworkers and share ideas, solve problems together and enjoy the company of many who share your interests.

We make sure the fun keeps going after class time is over with the WIA Friday Night Banquet (included in your full-conference registration) and the more intimate Saturday Evening Planemakers’ Dinner ($65 additional; seats are limited).



Friday Night WIA Banquet

Begins at 7 p.m.
Admission included with your Full Conference Package
If you are a 1-day Conference attendee or Marketplace attendee, you can add this event to your registration for $55 per person.
Location: Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Ballroom D

Join emcee Roy Underhill, the Popular Woodworking Magazine editors and keynote speaker Peter Follansbee for an evening of fun and frivolity at the Friday Night Banquet.

Peter has worked in the museum field for more than 20 years studying 17th-century joined furniture. During that time he’s had the chance to see a great many examples of oak furniture both in American collections and in England. He'll give us a look at some of these in detail, and hear a few stories that go with them.  Twenty years of working in the Plimoth Plantation  living history museum  means Peter has spoken to something like 5 million people about oak furniture, hand tools, carving, turning on the pole lathe and “where’s the bathroom.”  He thought it was just going to be about furniture all these years, but there’s been many memorable interludes. His talk will focus on the joiner’s craft, both its history and its re-creation in Follansbee’s shop. Tools, construction, decoration – these are some of the themes. No “clean lines” of the Shakers here; joiner’s work of this period means much carving, turning and moulding. This style is “horror vacuui” – no empty spaces, every void is filled. Material is oak, and a few minor secondary timbers. Mahogany need not apply. And he may even play a game of “oak carving/Rorschach test” with the designs.


Saturday Evening Planemakers' Dinner

$65 per person (includes Dinner)
Begins at 7 p.m.

Location: The Metropolitan Club (within walking distance from the Northern Kentucky Convention Center)
50 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington, KY 41011

Modern planemaking is a combination of ancient and new technology: age-old designs and 21st-century machining and computer modeling. Join Thomas Lie-Nielsen, Robin Lee, Konrad Sauer, Raney Nelson and more as they discuss the state of planemaking today – from the raw materials they use to the finished product.