It is the 31st of March. I count not quite 6 months to Woodworks 2016. While there hasn't been much chatter on these pages since Woodworks 2014, don't think the orgranizing committee hasn't been busy. We have inked in some of the more important features, and have trimmed short lists for many of the decisions that need little time to implement. If you bounce around this site a little, you'll see that we have confirmed the main speakers. Some have turned in their bios and presentation descriptions, while others are soon to arrive. Take a look. In the upcoming days, many of the place holders on this site will be replaced by real content. One thing, however, will disappear: the suggestion box. Thank you to all who made suggestions, but we now have to remove the box as we're too close to showtime to implement big changes.
On the 17th of November the Woodworks Planning Committee met to discuss how well Woodworks 2014 went. No surprise, everyone thought it was an astounding success whether you look at it unconditionally or given it was our first go at it. Not bad for amateurs, well, yes, but it was pretty darn good without qualification. Feeback from those who attended was extremely encouraging. Were there some helpful suggestions too? Sure. We're going to remember them.
So we went around the table talking about what went poorly and what went well. The thinking here is that we want to keep the latter and fix or dump the former. Did we want to have another Woodworks? Yes. Not only was it a yes, but we also shortened the wait; we had thought maybe another in a couple of years, but we left the table aiming for 18 months instead. So that's where we are now. Everyone is keen on having another Woodworks, and the proposed date, subject to how things go with our partner organizations, will be the Spring of 2016.
Yeah, I know. I can't wait either. If you would like a diversion in the interim, take a look at the Woodworks 2014 page to see a slide show of some photos taken by Eduardo Miranda at the first installment of Woodworks. Or maybe you have a good idea about something that might be done better next time around? Then visit our Suggestion Box.
Update: April 1st, 2016 (for real, notwithstanding the date) Since there are only a few months to go, we removed the suggestion box as there is not enough time to consider big changes. Now we were 91% certain of a Spring 2016 show a year and a half ago until we figured out that it was impossible. For solid reasons the date became the last full weekend in September, the weekend after Woodworking in America.