SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER
SEPT. 30 & OCT. 1, 2019 | URBANDALE, IA
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MEET THE SPEAKERS
George Vondriska has been the managing editor of Woodworkers Guild of America for X years and has been teaching woodworking since 1986. In addition to teaching classes at his own Vondriska Woodworks School, George teaches at woodworking shows across the country.
George Vondriska
Woodworkers Guild of America
As an enthusiastic and passionate creator, Anne Briggs has spent the last seven years building an online community around her artisan adventures. From forging her own shop tools to mechanizing a cider press, her videos are always entertaining, inspiring and informative.
Anne Briggs
Anne of All Trades
Matt Cremona produces videos on woodworking and sawing lumber. His furniture projects span the full woodworking process—starting with the tree & ending with finishing the final piece. Matt is passionate about using the trees around us to produce amazing pieces of furniture.
Matt Cremona
Matt Cremona Woodworking
James Hamilton is a full-time woodworking author, instructor and video producer. He's perhaps best known for the Stumpy Nubs Woodworking YouTube channel. With 30 million views since 2010, he has made it his mission to help regular woodworkers improve their shops & skills.
James Hamilton
Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal
Phil Huber is the host of the Woodsmith Shop TV show and multimedia editor for Woodsmith magazine writing articles, shooting videos, and making connections with readers on social media. In his home shop, he probably has more projects in-process than is good for him.
Phil Huber
Woodsmith Shop TV Show
Chris Fitch is the Creative Director for Woodsmith magazine. After a few cameos in season 1, he's now part of the regular cast of the Woodsmith Shop TV show. He's built outdoor architectural pieces and carved accessories on commission for customers across the country.
Chris Fitch
Woodsmith Shop TV Show
Logan Wittmer is an assistant editor for Woodsmith magazine and has been a part of the Woodsmith Shop TV Show cast since 2017. He is an experienced woodworker with a passion for designing and creating wooden dinosaur skulls for his two sons and John Doyle.
Logan Wittmer
Woodsmith Shop TV Show

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Monday
Tuesday
8:00 AM Woodsmith Workshop Opens
Check-in & receive itinerary + swag bag
9:00 AM Workshop Welcome with Phil Huber
Coffee & pastries provided
10:00 AM Breakout Sessions Begin
Personalized Itineraries will be distributed at check-in
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM Farm-to-Table Catered Lunch from Urbandale’s Machine Shed Restaurant + Keynote Session
1:30PM - 4:40 PM Breakout Sessions Continue
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Workshop Meet & Greet Party
8:00 AM Woodsmith Workshop Opens
Mix & Mingle with fellow attendees & speakers
9:00 AM Workshop Welcome with Chris Fitch
Coffee & pastries provided
10:00 AM Breakout Sessions Begin
Personalized itineraries will be distributed on Monday
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM Farm-to-Table Catered Lunch from Urbandale's Machine Shed Restaurant + Keynote Session
1:30 PM - 3:20 PM Breakout Sessions Continue
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Workshop Closing Session
George Vondriska

Through Dovetails on the Bandsaw | Did you know a bandsaw can be a dovetail cutting machine? With the right blade, a simple shop-made jig and a little practice, it’s easy to cut through dovetails on your bandsaw. Even if you own a dovetail jig you’ll appreciate the fact that a bandsaw lets you create your own layout. Equal spacing or variable spacing, you’re in creative control of how the dovetail looks.

Anne Briggs

The Importance of Hand Tools Even in Power-Focused Shops | I like to encourage all my beginning woodworking students to learn to carve a spoon by hand before ever touching a power tool. It is a great way to learn about grain direction, planning for optimal grain strength, and how to sharpen tools to a razor standard, how to shape wood by hand, and how to design in three dimensions. Even if your shop is power-tool focused, having a single well-tuned plane and a small assortment of other hand tools can save time as well as help you to work smarter and safer. I'll share my "core tool" list and how you can use them to save time and money on jig making and refine and fine tune your furniture in ways power tools cannot.

+ Using Free Online Tools to Market Your Work & Yourself (keynote session) | Whether you are interested in selling more custom furniture or creating online content as a way of growing your business revenue streams, there are tons of free tools available online. I'll share about how to best utilize quality photography (even from your cell phone camera) and tell your story to grow your business online through Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. There will be a Question and Answer time for the last 1/3 of the presentation, so come prepared!

Matt Cremona

How Working with Slabs Can Make You a Better Woodworker | Even if you have no desire to create a “slab project,” there is no reason to shy away from using slabs as your material. In this session, Matt will walk through why creating a project from a slab will enhance your skills as a woodworker. Matt will demonstrate how slabs provide you with more options for part layout, grain selection, and grain orientation. Learn how to source parts from larger slabs, ways to integrate live edges into your work, and different methods for treating the live edge. Likewise, Matt will discuss methods to include slab defects in your work or how to avoid them. Put yourself in the control of your material instead of the sawyer who had no idea what you are making when the wood was sawn.

+ Milling Your Own Lumber (keynote session) | For many woodworkers, the cost of lumber eats up a substantial part of their woodworking budget. Without access to local sawyers and lumberyards, woodworkers buy their lumber at big box stores, typically at a high cost per board foot and with little options on species and cut. But you don't have to be stuck with stores as you only option! Even if you do not have acres of forest, you can still mill your own lumber! Skip a trip to the store and harvest lumber in your own backyard. In this session, Matt will guide you through the entire process from sourcing a tree and transporting logs, to milling the logs into boards, and drying the boards for future projects.

James Hamilton

How to keep your Stumpy Nubs | Everyone thinks it can’t happen to them, but workshop injuries affect the experienced as well as the untrained. We all need a refresher from time to time and this course is sure to make you rethink some of things you do in your workshop before disaster strikes. James will discuss everything from table saw and router safety, to the time he shoved a chisel through his hand. Be sure to take notes, this information may just save your stumpy nubs!

Phil Huber

Building Better Boxes | Making boxes is a sure way to improve your woodworking skills while making something useful and beautiful at the same time. In this class, you'll learn the details that will improve the appearance and quality of your boxes. We'll cover everything from materials and design to essential skills and finishing.

Chris Fitch

A Fun, Simple Approach to Carving | In this fresh, informal method to carving, Chris emphasizes a modest tool kit, simple-to-learn techniques, and plenty of opportunity for personalization and improvisation. With this foundation, you'll be able to apply carved details to projects or make stand-alone carved accessories for yourself or to give as gifts

Logan Wittmer

Creating Custom Molding with Molding Planes | Shop-made molding is often used in the shop. A few minutes at the router table can often produce many basic profiles using common router bits. When you need to produce something out of the ordinary however, that’s where it gets a little more complicated. Or does it? With a few basic molding planes and some know-how, you can open up a world of countless profiles without the need to invest in new, expensive router bits.

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TRANSPORTATION & PARKING
LIVING HISTORY FARMS
11121 HICKMAN ROAD | URBANDALE, IA 50322

Living History Farms is an interactive, outdoor history museum that educates, entertains, and connects people of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences. Our workshop is an opportunity for makers, woodworkers, and DIYers of all levels to meet like-minded individuals, learn, and get inspired to create. Over the 2-day event, attendees will participate in 7 breakout sessions held in the intimate setting Living History Farms provides its guests.

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DIRECTIONS TO LIVING HISTORY FARMS

THE MACHINE SHED
11151 HICKMAN ROAD | URBANDALE, IA 50322

The Machine Shed, honoring the American farmer, is located at the entrance of Living History Farms. Try their award-winning steaks and chops, it's farm to table food at its finest. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a full bar and gift shop. Both days of Woodsmith Workshop will feature a catered, buffet-style lunch from The Machine Shed.

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Photo courtesy of Catch Des Moines

THE WOODSMITH STORE
10320 HICKMAN ROAD | CLIVE, IA 50325

In 1985, founder Don Peschke opened the first Woodsmith Store in the Beaverdale area of Des Moines. In 2003, the store's location was moved to its current site in Clive. A haven for woodworkers, the Woodsmith Store carries woodworking tools, equipment, accessories, books, and plans. Its lumber department is a woodworker’s dream. Woodsmith Workshop is within close proximity of The Woodsmith Store - it's right across the street!


EXPLORE THE AREA

Find the best of Greater Des Moines including top attractions and activities, where to eat, events to catch, places to stay, coupons, and the local scoop at catchdesmoines.com.

TRANSPORTATION
FLYING IN?

The closest airport is Des Moines International (DSM). The Smart Way to Fly! The Des Moines International Airport serves as the gateway to Des Moines and Central Iowa. There are a variety of public transport options to and from Urbandale and a cab to any of the local hotels should run you $30 or less.

DRIVING

Living History Farms is located in Urbandale, IA, and is easily accessible off the combined Interstate 35/80. (Exit 125 off of Interstate 80.)

UBER & LYFT

Uber and Lyft are easy and affordable alternatives to taking a cab. There are pickup locations at the airport and Living History Farms.

PARKING & ACCESSIBILITY
UPON ARRIVAL

Living History Farms offers plenty of parking outside of the Visitor Center, and it is always free! Registration and welcoming ceremonies will be held at the Visitor Center.

ACCESSIBILITY & FACILITY INFORMATION

Living History Farms is constantly working to improve accessibility, while maintaining historical accuracy. They have improved building thresholds, realigned boardwalks, and eliminated unnecessary stoops and steps. They have also constructed or modified ramps to provide greater accessibility to visitors.

Workshop Sessions will take place in multiple buildings on the property. Attendees will be asked to walk along designated trails to get from session to session. For attendees with mobility concerns, there will be tractor cart transporation provided.

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WORKSHOP FAQ
Can I buy tickets offline?
Yes, please call +1 (800) 333-5075 to reserve your spot.
What if I can't attend but have already purchased a ticket?
If you can't attend, there are a couple of options. You can transfer your tickets to a friend, so they can attend. Send us an email at subscriptions@aimmedia.com. You can also request a refund on Eventbrite up until 7 days before the start date of the event. You would need to log into your Eventbrite account to request a refund.
Will there be a spouse program?
Since this is our first year, we won't be doing a spouse program. If this is something you think will make our workshop a better experience for you, please send us an email at subscriptions@aimmedia.com.
My question isn't answered here. Can you help me?
Give us a call at +1 (800) 333-5075 or send us an email to: subscriptions@aimmedia.com. We'll make sure to get your questions answered.
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