FWW Live: The fun stuff

comments (3) August 10th, 2012 in blogs

AsaC Asa Christiana, Special Projects Editor, Fine Woodworking magazine
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The blog boys from MWA took the FWW staff and authors on a neverending trek across New Paltz the first night. Thats Mike Pekovich walking with Nick Roulleau.
But we ended up at Bacchus, where we had a bacchanalia (look it up). Thats Greg Paolini, Rollie Johnson, and Steve Latta holding forth.
On music/game night, a young man from Brazil joined FWWs own Rollie Johnson for their own version of Twist and Shout. You can just see the foosball and pool tables in the background.
The blog boys from MWA took the FWW staff and authors on a neverending trek across New Paltz the first night. Thats Mike Pekovich walking with Nick Roulleau. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

The blog boys from MWA took the FWW staff and authors on a neverending trek across New Paltz the first night. That's Mike Pekovich walking with Nick Roulleau.


My favorite part of the first-ever live Fine Woodworking conference were the laughs. It started with an informal gathering on opening night, hosted by the Modern Woodworkers Association at a local watering hole. The restaurant boasts 400 different beers, and I think we drank 300 of them. By the way, the MWA has lots of other cool FWW Live stuff at their site, including some videos.

The next night, after the first full day of woodworking demos, we let it all hang out a game/music night in the Student Union, with, you guessed it, another bar set up. People shot pool and played foosball while a few of us noodled on guitars and mandolins. We actually sounded good at a few points, and had folks from Brazil, Mexico, and beyond singing La Bamba, Hotel California, and House of the Rising Sun.

We began Saturday sessions with an all-conference design seminar in the big room, where presenters were forced to show off their worst woodworking moments along with their proudest ones.

And Saturday night Nick Offerman, NBC comedy star (Parks & Recreation) and FWW groupie, entertained the banquet crowd with original songs and jokes he wrote for the event, roasting the presenters one by one, and then dropping in some of his college roadshow material. I wasn't quite expecting the latter, but I returned to the office without being fired, so I guess I survived it.


More from FWW Live
The first-ever FWW Live, as it happened

FWW Live: The sessions

 

We also did our biweekly woodworking podcast, Shop Talk Live, right from the show, which gave us a chance to get Nick Offerman together with his hero, Chris Becksvoort, for a woodworking love-in.

But my favorite thing was seeing people simply enjoy each other's company. If you missed the first-ever FWW Live, you missed something really special. Keep your eyes peeled for next year's notice.

 



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Comments (3)

AsaC AsaC writes: Ray and Geniole, so glad you enjoyed it! And hello to Luis. Keep on playing that guitar.
Posted: 8:16 pm on August 11th

RayRoc RayRoc writes: FWW Live, great time,great sessions with your staff and the guest presenters. Meeting with so many FWW readers and followers was very special. Ready for next year to do it again and see new friends again.
The small sessions was a great help in allowing us to see more and learn about the hobby that we all love ( for many of us this is the final and most satisfying work in our lives).
Thanks to Tauton and Asa's staff for a well organized conference, and to your guest for the time they took from their business's' to give so much to us.
Posted: 9:44 am on August 11th

Geniole Geniole writes: Hi Asa, I just saw the picture of my son Luis playing with you and Roland, it was a great nigh for him. I'm very happy we could be there and we are looking forward to the 2013 conference! Greetings from Brazil.
Posted: 2:40 pm on August 10th

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