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20th Annual Working Wood in the 18th Century

Workmanship of Risk: Exploring Period Tools and Shops

January 25 - 28, 2018

From turned, green wood chairs to elaborate marquetry pieces, pre-industrial furniture in America took many forms and sprang from numerous traditions. With each tradition came different sets of tools, shop structures, and approaches to solving problems in a common material: wood. For this, our 20th annual conference, we have brought together an impressive group of presenters to speak to some of these different traditions with an emphasis on shops and tools.



  • Speakers

    • Ted boscana

      Master Joiner, Colonial Williamsburg

    • W. Patrick edwards

      Furniture Maker, Teacher & Specialist in French Marquetry,
      San Diego, California

    • Peter Follansbee

      Master Joiner, Kingston, Massachusetts

    • Erik Goldstein

      Senior Curator of Mechanical Arts & Numismatics, Colonial Williamsburg

    • Kaare Loftheim

      Master Cabinetmaker, Colonial Williamsburg

    • Bill Pavlak

      Journeyman Cabinetmaker, Colonial Williamsburg

    • Jane Rees

      Tool Researcher & Author, Bath, England

    • Ken Schwarz

      Master Blacksmith, Colonial Williamsburg

    • Roy Underhill

      Host of the PBS Series The Woodwright's Shop and Teacher at The Woodwright's School, Graham, North Carolina

    • Brian Weldy

      Journeyman Cabinetmaker, Colonial Williamsburg

    • Donald C. Williams

      Conservator & Scholar, Monterey, Virginia

    • Garland Wood

      Master Carpenter, Colonial Williamsburg

  • Scholarships


    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to attend the 20th Annual Working Wood in the 18th Century conference.

    Scholarships provide full-paid registration to all Working Wood activities including lectures, demonstrations and social events as well as lodging at a Colonial Williamsburg hotel. The award does not include participation in pre-conference options for which there is an extra charge.


    • Student Scholarship

      The Student Scholarship is open to individuals 17 years and older who are enrolled in a woodworking curriculum of an accredited school. We strive to inspire students passionate and committed to their goals as they learn new techniques from 18th century ways.

    • Wounded Warrior Scholarship

      The Wounded Warrior Scholarship is open to veterans and service members with military service on or after September 11, 2001 and registered as a Warrior Alumni with the Wounded Warrior Project®

      The scholarship provides Warrior Alumni an opportunity to expand their woodworking knowledge and skills as well as fellowship with the woodworking community.

  • Accommodations



    Special rates are available at the Colonial Williamsburg Hotels for conference registrants. Rates listed are single or double occupancy per night and do not include applicable taxes. Mention the conference, or use booking code 38188 to obtain the discounted rates. Confirm your reservation by calling 1-800-261-9530, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (ET).


    With unparalleled hospitality, the Williamsburg Inn offers guests first-class food and beverage featuring the contemporary fine dining restaurant, the Rockefeller Room, and a sophisticated setting for cocktails at the Restoration Bar. Guestroom $245


    Discover spacious guest rooms where you can enjoy Williamsburg's natural beauty. Terraces overlook a charming pond and wooded area. Access to world-class dining, recreation, and spa amenities. Guestroom $129


    Enjoy a relaxing hotel escape in the heart of the Historic Area. Just steps from the action, the inviting Lodge boasts a world-class restaurant and convenient access to spa and recreation amenities.Standard $125, Deluxe $159


    Conveniently located next to the Visitor Center and Huzzah! restaurant, a stay a the Williamsburg Woodlands includes a daily continental breakfast and fitness room.Standard $79, Suite $109


    Imagine a setting filled with authentic period reproductions such as a canopy bed and a crackling fire in the hearth. Stay in the heart of the Historic Area with all the comforts of home.Superior/Standard $155





    Whether you are looking for historic tavern, modern, casual, or quick fare, Colonial Williamsburg offers a range of dining experiences for everyone's palate. For reservations or additional information regarding dining opportunities, call 1-800-261-9530, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (ET).





    The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg offers a calm sanctuary of classic elegance. Serene decor and thoughtful amenities allow for relaxation and rejuvenation. Arrive early and linger afterward treatments to enjoy steam rooms, signature showers and whirlpools as well as our relaxation lounges. Experience the wonders of The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg for yourself by booking an appointment at 1-800-688-6479.

  • Register


    Register now online or via phone at 1-800-603-0948, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.


    Pre-registration and payment in full are required. The registration fee for the full program is $375 per person. Single day registration options are not available for this program. Payment may be made by check, or charged to American Express, Discover, Visa, or MasterCard. Checks must be received no later than January 4, 2018, to avoid cancellation.

    Registration includes the opening reception, three continental breakfasts, five coffee breaks, conference reception and banquet, presentations proposed in this program, and a Colonial Williamsburg admission pass. The agenda is subject to change without notice.


    In the event a registrant cannot attend, the registration may be transferred to another individual, provided the individual is not already registered and the registration is used for the same conference. Notice of transfer must be received in writing and should be emailed to

    If a registrant cannot attend, notice of cancellation must be received in writing by 5 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2018, to be eligible for a refund. If notification is received by January 19, 2018, Colonial Williamsburg will refund registration fees, less a $50 administrative fee. Cancellation notice should be emailed to or mailed to Michele Moyer, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, PO Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776.

    Refunds will not be granted after January 19, 2018. Travel and/or trip interruption insurance is recommended. Check with your travel agent for details.