Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Woodworking in America 2015 MWA Meetup

We're going to Kansas City for Woodworking in America. If you are too, be sure to joint us Thursday night. The Modern Woodworkers Association and Wood Talk are sponsoring a meet-up for folks coming to the Woodworking in America event in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Spectators is located inside the Sheraton Crown Center Hotel. As in years past, this will be a totally casual affair, with people welcome to stop by once they arrive and get settled. 

See you there!

Monday, September 21, 2015

MWA Podcast Episode #79 - Chet Kloss

What’s in the shop?
  • Dyami
    • Was a New Screen Saver
    • So many projects, such soon deadlines

  • Tom
    • A table must be round!

  • Chet
    • small set of draws for next to his drafting board
    • a partners desk

Goings on in the MWA

Main topic
    • Chet’s Morris Chair
  • Chet’s Take on Weekend with Wood
    • The editor's woodworking is amazing
    • The turners who participated were also amazing
    • They take care of your spouse while you learn about woodworking. Chet’s wife had a great time
    • Meredith really takes care of the attendees
    • A real high percentage of the seminars were very, very good
      • the instructors all gave out useful documentation
    • There are many classes, and attendees chose which to attend, as they do with WIA
    • There were also two featured vendors per day in the cafeteria
    • As a resident of mid to large cities, Des Moines  was not that happening at night - though, there were many resturants
    • The hotels were close, but a drive away. This, unfortunately meant that once the conference ended for the day, you didn’t see other attendees.
    • The open forum
      • The editors spoke with the attendees, and the editors seemed ready for the 1987 publishing season.

5 Questions
  • How did you get into woodworking?
    • His father was a maker. A metal working primarily, but built with everything. His uncle was
  • What’s your favorite tool?
    • A well tuned Table Saw
  • Who has influenced you the most?
    • Joe Trippi, a custom furniture maker from Michigan
  • What was your biggest stumbling block?
    • Getting over the fact that not everything is perfect. People will appreciate whatever you make. Learn to enjoy the process
  • How has the internet influenced your work?
    • Tool setup has not come easily. Watching instruction on tool setup online has been invaluable.
    • The conversation of the podcasts is inspiring.

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