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A pair and a peach at WIA



What do you get when you have Megan Fitzpatrick, Peter Follansbee, and Roy Underhill on the set of The Woodwright’s Shop?

Left-to-right: Underhill, Fitzpatrick, Follansbee

You get the wonderful photo above. Photo by Mike Oniffrey – courtesy of “The Woodwright’s Shop”.


They will appear together in a future episode of The Woodwright’s Shop – date to be announced. Stay tuned!

I had never seen all three in one spot; as a result, the photo is quite special to me. I have followed the work of these three craftsmen for several years, and never tire of their offerings, whether on video, or on the blogs.

One more thing

Yup! All three will be teaching at the Woodworking in America (WIA) conference, September 30 to October 2, 2011, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Make sure to look at the schedule of classes at the WIA web site; it will allow you to plan your schedule not only for classes, but also to visit the Marketplace, and the extracurricular activities.

But you must move quickly

The Early Bird registration deadline for the conference is August 14, 2011.

I know – if you are like me, you tend to wait around ’till the last minute, and work out some creative scheduling with your co-workers, to finagle the time off to attend the conference. Regardless how you do it, I encourage you to register ahead of the expiration of the Early Bird special.

Will I see you there? Let me know if you are attending – I would love to meet you!

Your turn

  • Will YOU attend the conference?
  • What is most important to you at such conference?
  • Renew old frienships or acquaintances?
  • Learn new woodworking techniques?
  • Or just get away from your Significant Other?


Al Navas




WIA St Charles: Keynote address by Tom Moser – Artistry in Wood

From the abstract provided as a hand-out during the Woodworking in America Furniture Construction and Design Conference in St Charles, Ill.:

…In this slide-filled lecture, Tom Moser relates the process of discovery that led him to furniture design, and how the Shaker community located near his first shop in New Gloucester, Maine has influenced his work.

Family, personal, and company memories flowed in Mr. Moser’s presentation to an audience of several hundred at the banquet held during the conference. He was funny, affable, and down-to-earth; a perfect gentleman and the consummate businessman. The slide show journey brought the audience from the humble beginnings of Thos. Moser, Cabinetmakers, to the enormous success it is today.

A personal note: The description of the Moser’s travels in Asia took Sandy and I back in time. Immediately following the dinner and speech we were lucky to run into Mr Moser and his wonderful wife Mary in the hallway. In passing them I asked him a short question about a certain locale in Asia, not wanting to detract from their conversation with someone else. His eyes lit up, and we spent the next 20 minutes together, reminiscing with relish about locales and details from our parallel journeys almost 20 years apart. This was a wonderful end to a terrific speech about the exciting life experience of the Mosers.

My hope is that in this edited version of a one-hour speech you are able to also glean into the life the Mosers, and the company they have built. It is a great journey, filled with great successes and a few setbacks.

I also hope that the story of Thos. Moser, Cabinetmakers, will get you in the mood to plan on attending the next Woodworking in America Hand Tools and Techniques conference, coming up soon in Valley Forge, Pa. October 2-4.


WIA St Charles: Composing with wood grain

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Grain. Direction. Ebonizing and grain texture. Change of direction. Sculpted curves and flow. Building process. Flow. Chatoyance. Sam Maloof and inspiration… Woodworking in America, St Charles, Ill.

Brian Boggs uses “…the wood’s grain…to complement the overall piece…”  And he makes the components of his chairs flow together, to make a single statement. He uses curves in the design, and the grain of the wood, as part of the design.

In this session I gained better insight into things I should be doing with grain as part of the overall design of a piece of furniture. Does the grain direction work where the leg meets the stretcher? Or does it detract from the overall design? Is it supporting a curve, of flowing against it? And so on.

Using a few examples of chairs he shared with the audience, I focused on highlighting a few key ideas in the edited video of Boggs’ session. As a result, I hope to have caught the spirit of composing with the grain, in the way he intended to convey in his session. If I did not, it is my fault. But listening to him I realized he loves making chairs, and he loves composing with grain as he designs.