SEPT. 12-13, 2020 | DES MOINES, IA
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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
Asa Christiana is the former editor of Fine Woodworking magazine, now living in Portland, OR, where he builds, writes, and shoots photos for a variety of magazines and tool manufacturers. He has written two books and teaches at the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers.
Asa Christiana
Former Editor of Fine Woodworking
Jimmy Clewes is on the Register of Professional Woodturners in the UK and a member of the American Association of Woodturners. He has over 22 years of experience in wooturning and woodworking. His demonstrations and teaching take him all over the world.
Jimmy Clewes
Jimmy Clewes Woodturning
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
Andrew Zoellner is the Editor in Chief of Popular Woodworking. When he's not at his desk, you'll find him restoring his circa 1906 Dutch Colonial and sneaking in shop projects when time allows.
Andrew Zoellner
Popular Woodworking Magazine
Dillon Baker is a project designer for Woodsmith and Popular Woodworking. He is also a frequent contributor to Woodsmith's podcast, video edition, live seminars, and weekend classes. In his free time, he can be found refining his craft through new construction methods and material exploration.
Dillon Baker
Woodsmith Magazine
Marc Hopkins is a custom furniture maker and carpenter. Born and raised in Coventry, England, Marc completed his carpentry and joinery training with the City & Guilds of London Institute. Marc joined the Woodsmith team in 2018 as the shop craftsman.
Marc Hopkins
Woodsmith magazine
7:00 AM Woodsmith Workshop Opens
Check-in & receive itinerary + swag bag
Coffee & pastries provided
8:00 AM Workshop Welcome with Phil Huber
9:00 AM Breakout Sessions Begin
11:00 AM - 2:15 PM Catered Lunch + Breakout Session
2:30PM - 4:15 PM Breakout Sessions Continue
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Workshop Meet & Greet Party with live music from Bob Pace
7:00 AM Woodsmith Workshop Opens
Mix & mingle with fellow attendees & speakers
7:30 AM Breakout Sessions Begin
Personalized itineraries will be distributed at check-in
11:00 AM - 2:15 PM Catered Lunch + Final Breakout Session
2:30 PM - 4:00 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.

Vince Ancona & Andrew Zoellner

The Magazine Editorial Process | Meet the editors of Woodsmith and Popular Woodworking magazines and learn what is involved in putting a magazine issue together. You'll also hear what they have in store for the upcoming year.

4801 Franklin Avenue | Des Moines, Iowa 50310

Franklin Junior High, preserving history and creating community. From classrooms to the biggest indoor auditorium in Des Moines, Franklin Junior High serves a wide range of community needs for event space. The facility, originally built in 1951, has plenty to offer with two gyms, two auditoriums, and a range of spaces available for community functions. In 2018, the 213,000 square foot building began historic renovations to create a diverse campus benefiting the surrounding community and Greater Des Moine area.


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.


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


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 around Des Moines and a cab to any of the local hotels should run you $30 or less.


Franklin Junior High is located in Des Moines, IA and is easily accessible off Interstate 235. (Exit 5A onto 56th Street).


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


Franklin Junior High offers plenty of parking, and it is always free! Registration and welcoming ceremonies will be held at the atrium on the southeast side of the building. Signs and Workshop staff will be available to help attendees navigate the grounds. Each attendee will receive a map with their personalized itinerary during check-in.


Franklin Junior High is constantly working to improve accessibility, while maintaining historical accuracy. Workshop sessions will take place in multiple rooms on the first level of the building. Attendees will be asked to walk along designated hallways to get from session to session. For attendees with mobility concerns, please email Logan Wittmer at and let us know how we can assist you.

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 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?
Details for Workshop 2020 are still being finalized. Check back soon for information on a spouse's program.
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: We'll make sure to get your questions answered.
We're committed to your privacy. Woodsmith Workshop uses the information you provide to us to contact you about upcoming and future Workshop events. You may unsubscribe from these communications at any time. We do not use this information to market or sell you HubSpot products or services, and do not subscribe you to any HubSpot communications. For more information, check out our Privacy Policy.

Registration Options

Please fill out which classes you would like to attend during each time period. We'll try our best to accomodate the schedule that you provide, but we cannot guarantee it.

Sept. 12, 2020 9:20 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Sept. 12, 2020 11:10 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
Sept. 12, 2020 2:40 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Sept. 13, 2020 7:40 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Sept. 13, 2020 9:20 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Sept. 13, 2020 11:10 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.

Shirt Size

No cancellations after August 12.