What you missed at FWW Live 2013

comments (3) August 14th, 2013 in blogs, videos

AsaC AsaC, Contributor
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Video Length: 0:53
Produced by: Asa Christiana and Michael Dobsevage

We had a feeling that the second annual Fine Woodworking Live conference would be even better than the first, but you never really know until it happens.


The new venue, the beautiful new student center at Southern CT State U., was near-perfect. Everything in one spot, from the classes, to the banquet, to the vendor area, to the catered lunches in the food court. 


The furniture tour at nearby Yale University was a huge hit, as 30 lucky people took a guided tour of Yale's priceless underground trove of 100 or more iconic pieces, plus the official furniture exhibits at the University's awesome new art galleries.


We had 20% more attendees this year too, and they loved the new schedule format: almost all electives and many more classes to choose from. Of course, we had the best teachers in the world once again, and closeup cameras projecting all the action on big screens.

But the roaringest new success had to be Friday night's 2x4 Buildoff. That was one thing we REALLY didn't know would work, but it is now a fixture that is here to stay! Over 150 attendees and participants stayed up late to enjoy the battle. Amazing what woodworkers can do with a jigsaw, a pile of pine studs, and a box of screws!


2x4 Buildoff  

See who took home the top honors! 



The best thing of all are the friendships made, and those renewed. Many of us pursue this craft in isolation, which can be nice, but it feels good to share the love. That's the reason we launched FWW Live, as one more way to keep us connected.


That powerful impulse drew attendees from as far as Brazil, Austria, Israel, and New Zealand, from Mexico to Canada. In fact, more than half of the attendees were back from year one. For the rest of you, there is always FWW Live 2014. I guarantee we'll raise the bar again!

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Comments (3)

snichols snichols writes: Did you guys record any video? If so, do you plan on releasing a highlight reel?

Thanks for the update - it sounded like a great event.
Posted: 11:41 am on August 20th

rwjiudice rwjiudice writes: So.... "What I missed" was 'we all had a great time' ??????
I expected to hear / see something better than a post-card!
I'm off to Dairy Queen now, so stay tuned for my update on how much fun I had there!!!!
Posted: 2:31 pm on August 17th

rburwell rburwell writes: What a great event! Many thanks to Fine Woodworking and the staff and speakers who made it happen. The '2nd time' was definitely the charm - last year was great, but this one was even better.

From the high quality video projection in every session to the effort to repeat sessions so we had multiple options to attend to the way too much fun (and pressure) build off (I was on Team 5-we was robbed!), it was a success.

Cap off the fun quotient for next year or it will just be too much to handle! Rusty
Posted: 10:44 am on August 15th

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