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comments (12) January 24th, 2012 in blogs

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August 2-5, 2012 at The State University of New York at New Paltz, located in a historic village just two hours north of New York City - CLICK TO ENLARGE

August 2-5, 2012 at The State University of New York at New Paltz, located in a historic village just two hours north of New York City

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We are very excited to announce that the first-ever Fine Woodworking Live! The event will be held this summer, August 2 - 5, 2012 at The State University of New York at New Paltz, where you can see the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine brought to life before your eyes.

Fine Woodworking Live is truly a first for Fine Woodworking's readers. It's your chance to enjoy the company of other passionate craftspeople as you learn from the experts whose work you've seen in our pages. Live demonstrations and hands-on workshops are at the heart of this limited-attendance event.

This three-day conference will give you the opportunity to enjoy a range of sessions created specifically for this event. Friday and Saturday will each start with a general session, followed by three complete small-group sessions on topics by each expert. On Sunday, a range of additional sessions will be offered for specific concentrations on detailed areas of interest.

And there's a special event planned for Saturday night, when Nick Offerman, star of NBC's "Parks and Recreation" and a die-hard woodworker, will be the guest speaker at our Banquet dinner.

Fine Woodworking Live is a can't-miss weekend for anyone looking to dive deep into the craft, guided by the best and the brightest in the field of woodworking. Plus it's a great chance to meet fellow woodworkers in an engaging, enlightening, and fun event. Attendance is limited so reserve your spot today!

Tickets Now Available
Click here for ticket and event info!


5 Ways to Bend Wood
Instructor: Michael C. Fortune
The ability to bend wood to exact shapes opens up an incredible range of possibilities for furniture makers, adding flowing lines borrowed from nature, more pleasing to the eye and hand. Chair parts, table aprons, cabinet doors, and a host of other parts can be made with precisely bent components. In this entertaining workshop Michael Fortune will demonstrate steambending, laminating, vacuum-forming, hot pipe bending and kerf-bending,  and explain exactly when to apply each one. As Michael says, “If you can create a shape with a strip of paper without creasing it or tearing it, you can bend a piece of wood to the same shape. Come and learn how!”

Garret HackDecorative Details
Instructor: Garrett Hack
can make all the difference. From the traditional to the playful, they can add interest and dazzle, resolve transitions, soften edges, or draw attention to some aspect of a design. Join this reknowned furniture maker, hand-tool expert and teacher as he works through a wide array of practical details, from simple edge chamfers that catch the light, to fine inlaid string lines, flush beads and proud cockbeads outlining edges, to patterned bandings and even how to work with shell, silver, and bone.


Roland JohnsonMake Your Hand Tools Work Like Magic
Instructor: Roland Johnson
You can save a lot of money by buying antique tools. Fine Woodworking’s tool expert Rollie Johnson brings his most popular roadshow to you, showing how to take any old handplane and turn it into a shop workhorse. He’ll cover normal and low-angle bench planes, plus chisels, too. He’ll tell you what to what to look for and what to look out for, and then demonstrate the simple tools and techniques for a successful tune-up. As a bonus, attendees can bring along their own flea-market finds for a live appraisal.


Matt KenneyEssential Workbench Jigs
Instructor: Matt Kenney
A solid workbench is an indispensable tool. But most people never unlock its full potential. The good news is that a few simple shopmade bench accessories can take your work to another level. Armed with these jigs, you’ll find it easier to do all the core activities: hand planing, sawing, routing, assembly and finishing. But you’ll excel at a number of specialized tasks, too: like chopping dovetails and shooting the end grain of a drawer front for a precise fit. Matt will demonstrate four elegantly simple bench accessories:  a shooting board, a saw hook, and planing stops for thin and thick boards. Plus he’ll bring along two other favorites you probably haven’t seen before: bench horses and a bench stage, and hand out measured drawings for every jig.

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Comments (12)

bBrickey bBrickey writes: I am travelling from JFK to SCSU for FWW Live event and am trying to use Go Airport Shuttle. They have service to SCSU but require that the riders hae a school ID. Seems like they should accept the registration for the FWW event. Any advice or help would be appreciated. Trying to avoid a rental car if possible
Posted: 9:54 pm on July 2nd

jwhk jwhk writes: Far to distant for me to travel. Quality videos would be good and marketable.
Posted: 8:22 pm on August 14th

FWW_Live FWW_Live writes: Check it out!
Registration is open via the newly launched website:

Posted: 4:12 pm on February 3rd

woodpuppy woodpuppy writes: I hope this is not the only event this year. Make this a traveling show so the rest of the country can attend. I just came back from a similiar show in Indianapolis and it was a power house event for me because I'm a newcomer to hands-on woodworking. I absolutely loved it!!! I also like cahudson42 idea also. Make it work so we can all enjoy each one of these workshops.
Posted: 8:20 am on February 2nd

belwoodny belwoodny writes: Where do I sign up... It's February tomorrow!
For the furniture Society's conference, we could rent some dorms... any way that this will happen again ?

Posted: 1:54 pm on January 31st

woodman1946 woodman1946 writes: Wow. Sounds fantastic - only two problems I live in Washington and my Daughter is getting married in August 2012. It might be possible to make a trip back east but no way could I miss my first borns Wedding. Video's? West Coast presentations?
Posted: 8:34 pm on January 30th

Real Real writes: I'm in!!
Can you please email as soon as you have details, will definitely attend.
Posted: 7:55 pm on January 29th

scottvelie scottvelie writes: This sounds good without hearing any prices. Location is good. I live in western PA but the Hudson valley is home ground for me.
You have some big shoes to fill. If you can come close to the WIA experience you will have done a good job.
There was no vendor area mentioned.I hope that is not the case. At WIA the vendor area was a big portion of the draw (and fun)
Please get some more details up ASAP

Posted: 12:33 pm on January 29th

woodches woodches writes: I agree that videos would be a great reader service that you could offer. Mike's session on bandsaws would be worth the price of admission, only problem, there is a limit of 12.
The Master Class of Wood Workers you have assembled should make this a great event. Keep up the good work and new ideas!
Posted: 3:36 am on January 29th

RayRoc RayRoc writes: sasharoc Where do I sign up,where can we stay, details, details.Can't wait.
Posted: 11:24 am on January 28th

lindhrr lindhrr writes: Hope to attend!!Should be a great weekend.
Posted: 9:31 am on January 28th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: While I hope I can attend, I also hope that arrangements will be made to videotape the entire event and all the sessions. That way Members who are not able to physically be there can still enjoy the event afterward.

The videos need not be tightly edited as your great 'Project' series are. Live - as is - like the Asa-Mike 'shootout', and the Asa interview with editors (Hack, Rogowski etc.) will do just fine...
Posted: 12:54 pm on January 25th

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