Following my trip across the pond to Toronto, Derek Jones has also been spending time in Canada, namely, in Ottawa… Whilst there he found that The Ottawa Woodworkers Association is holding WoodWorks 14, a conference by and for furniture makers; and, WoodObjects, a public exhibition of outstanding locally handcrafted furniture and other wood objects.
The event will be held September 26-28th, 2014 at the Algonquin College in Perth, one hour south-west of the nation’s capital of Ottawa.
“The Woodworks 14 speakers will include former Popular Woodworking editor Christopher Schwarz, Guelph planemaker Konrad Sauer, Toronto guitar maker Linda Manzer and furniture maker Tom Fidgen, both of Toronto, as well as internationally renowned furniture maker and teacher Garrett Hack. Mark Harrell of Bad Axe Tools, Rob Brown, a furniture maker and the editor of Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement and Ron Barter, the owner of Rosewood Studio in Perth will also be giving presentations.”
According to event chairman Vic Tesolin, “The event is being held at the Algonquin College campus in Perth,” said Tesolin, “because that is where the heritage carpentry programs are located and they offer a very supportive environment for an event of this nature. Perth is historic, beautiful and offers a lot for people to do in addition to the conference.”
Attendees will be able to attend seminars, meet and mingle with each other, take in the furniture exhibit and browse the wares of selected commercial vendors. A pub night and dinner are planned for the Saturday night.
Additional details about Woodworks 14 are available at http://www.woodworksconference.com
WoodObjects is a juried furniture exhibit open to anyone attending WoodWorks 14. Details are available at http://woodworksconference.com/woodobjects.php
The Ottawa Woodworkers Association comprises woodworkers of all ages and abilities, amateur as well as professional. Membership is open to anyone with interest. Meetings are held monthly with a guest speaker. The club was founded in 2004 to encourage skill development and woodworking enjoyment; and to promote woodworking as a hobby, a profession or anywhere in between. There are currently about 100 members. Meeting schedules and other information can be found at http://www.ottawawoodworkers.ca
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