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Parkersburg, W.Va. June 2010 – A random drawing designed to publicize the Woodworking in America conference this fall paid off for a Lexington, Kentucky, Woodcraft customer.

Gene Wade of Lexington is the lucky winner of a $350 Woodworking in America (WIA) ticket which entitles him to attend hands-on workshops, watch exclusive demos, check out hand tool vendor displays, and test his skills in the Hand Tool Olympics. Mark Miller, who owns the Woodcraft Supply stores in Lexington and Cincinnati, Ohio, sponsored the drawing and will host a booth at the Woodworking in America event.

“I never thought I would win,” Wade said. “I am really excited about going to the conference.” The master carpenter said he hopes to learn something new that will help him as construction supervisor for the Lexington chapter of Habitat for Humanity. A woodworker for 50 years and the son of a master carpenter, Wade’s woodworking projects include furniture, turned pens and “a little bit of everything.”

Miller is also excited about WIA. “We have a great interest in hand tools because of all the artists in this part of the state. This is going to be a tremendous event for all those people,” he said. “We are very appreciative of Popular Woodworking’s support of fine hand tools.”

Presented by Popular Woodworking Magazine, Woodworking in America is scheduled Oct. 1-3 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky. Roy Underhill, host of The Woodwright’s Shop on PBS; Frank Klausz, hand-cut dovetail expert; and Michael Fortune, contemporary furnituremaker; are among the experts who will teach and demonstrate during the three-day event. Marketplace vendors include the event sponsors—Woodcraft, General International, Gorilla Glue, and Popular Woodworking’s Woodworker’s Bookshop—along with tool, accessory, and supply vendors plus woodworking schools. (For more information, visit

Popular Woodworking’s goal in hosting the WIA is twofold: to give woodworkers a top quality event and in the process to promote the magazine. Advertising director Don Schroder explained, “What we hope to do is bring the magazine to life by featuring our editors, writers and expert instructors in the conference workshops and many of our advertisers in the Marketplace. Simply put, it is three days of woodworking you don’t want to miss.”

Visitors to the Woodcraft booth can watch hand tool expert Rob Cosman share techniques for using handsaws, planes and other tools and Swiss master woodcarver Reto Odermatt demonstrate the benefits of PFEIL “Swiss Made” carving tools and the Koch sharpening system.

Woodcraft is the industry leader in providing a wide variety of top quality products, educational opportunities and one-on-one guidance to woodworkers of all skill levels. For more information about Woodcraft, please contact the store nearest you, visit or call (800) 535-4482.