As many of you know, Woodworking in America is being held this weekend in Covington, KY. Only a year ago, I was barely aware of this event, and now it has reached a status in only a few short years of becoming a pilgrimage of sorts for woodworkers. This year’s event is being billed as The Ultimate Joinery Weekend, and to go over the list of presenters and vendors in the marketplace can only make a woodworker drool. I had really hoped that I could have made it to the event, but it is not to be. Over the past year or so, I’ve gotten to know (at least digitally speaking) many great woodworkers from around the U.S. and Canada, and it’s been a hope of mine to get to meet some of them in person and share stories about our common passion. This would have been the weekend to do it, but I just wasn’t able to get it worked into the budget.
If you’ve read my About page, you will notice that I am separated from my wife of almost 20 years. This has been in place for a little over 2 years now, and in all honesty, is about as amicable as one could expect these days, but it does make things financially difficult at times. Our two children, one in college and one a senior in high school, are my first priority. My woodworking budget pretty much falls into the “whatever is left at the end of the month” category, and trips to an event like this don’t even make it onto the list-at least not this year. I’m now committed though to save up enough so I can make the trip next year without causing a financial strain. Sure, I’ll have to pinch some pennies here and there, but I can do it. Although I doubt I’ll be purchasing my first Festool anytime soon, I hope to at least be able to purchase a couple really nice tools at the marketplace there next year to start filling out my collection.
But still, in my own way, I’ll be having my own woodworking/vacation weekend anyway, so don’t worry about me. Tomorrow when most of my friends who are going will be winging or driving their way to the greater Cincinnati area, I’ll be taking off for the beach for a day or so, then coming home to make some progress on the Mini Desk. And I’ll be monitoring my Twitter and Google+ streams for as much information from the event as possible, and then looking forward to the sure to be numerous blog posts that will be appearing over the next several weeks.
I hope everyone that is going has a great time, and be sure to have a beer for me. Oh, how I wish I was there with you.