Get thinking about Get Woodworking

So, I told you about my recent trip to Colorado. That was some special trip for me, since I had never seen mountains, and it had been about 20 years since I last went skiing.

The final run...

It was a magical experience. The air was rarified at more than 7,000 feet above sea level, the temperatures were a bone chilling – 5 degrees Fahrenheit on the coldest morning, and the air up there is as dry as a bone. So, why was I there in the first place?

Funny, I was speaking about hurricane preparedness. More accurately, preparedness for natural disasters, regardless of where they happen.  It was appropriate, since while most of the United States is out of hazardous weather season, tornado season kicks into high gear in a few weeks, hurricane season is right behind that, and we can expect to see lots of flooding during heavy summer rains.


Just as the time to start planning for hazardous weather is right now, it’s also time to start planning for our annual event Get Woodworking Week!

Just as we have in years past, this is the one week during the year when we in the woodworking community seek out those who may be on the fence and share our stories, lessons, know how, expertise and enthusiasm for the craft to get them into the game.

What am I looking for? Well, I need your help. I need each of you on your blogs, in your guilds, in your shops – to help spread the word about woodworking. Find someone to invite into your shop to pass on a skill to. Build a project to give someone. Pass some woodworking magazines on to some folks who are looking to get into the craft.

If you do something Get Woodworking Week related, be sure to let me know, and I’ll list it here on my blog in order to help folks find out more about what you are doing.

And, as in years past, I’ll be beating the bushes to see if we can get some awesome prizes. I’ll have more information as we get closer to GWW.


MicroJig Art

7 thoughts on “Get thinking about Get Woodworking”

  1. Woot! Woot! Is it weird that I have actually been waiting for this week? I have another simplified tool build already thought up for this one.

  2. Next time you’re in Denver get in touch and I’ll give you a tour of the Red Rocks Community College Fine Woodworking program and shop. We have around 400-450 students and most semesters around 60-70 of those students are Intro or Fundamentals students so we are trying to do our part to get people into woodworking.

  3. Hey, Ralph… Do you think you might be able to shoot me a quick description of the school and program? I’d love to feature it during GWW….

  4. Two quick questions. What hashtag are you using for GWW this year? For those of us who are creating content for the week, is it okay to use the GWW Banner in that content? (Blog posts, videos, etc?)

  5. Looking forward to Get Woodworking Week.
    It is always exciting.

    Why was the meeting held in Colorado?
    Is that headquarters for hurricane and tornado forecast data?

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