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Colonial Williamsburg’s 24th Annual Working Wood in the 18th Century Conference To Be Held In January

WILLIAMSBURG-Colonial Williamsburg’s 24th Annual Working Wood in the 18th Century Conference will be held virtually and in person Thursday, January 20 through Sunday, 23, 2022.

This year’s conference, titled “Welcome to Williamsburg!” will center around the pieces, places and people associated with woodworking in 18th-century Williamsburg. The conference will offer a deep exploration of Williamsburg’s legacy of fine furniture, architectural woodwork, and craftsmanship.

“It’s one thing to learn skills and techniques from talented craftspeople doing what they love,” said Colonial Williamsburg Master Carpenter Garland Wood in a press release. “The nuance you gain from experiencing this trade in a social and political context makes this conference unlike anything else out there.”

Wood is celebrating 40 years’ employment at Colonial Williamsburg and will be sharing his experience as an historic trades carpenter at the conference’s banquet discussion. Additional presentations will highlight furniture curators, cabinetmakers, and other skilled artisans.

Scholarships, special pre-conference programs, a woodworking showcase, tool swap, and attendee guest programs are available for in-person attendees, along with special room rates at Colonial Williamsburg hotels for conference registrants. Registered participants may attend general session lectures, breakfasts, and breaks.

In-person registration is $395 per person and includes presentations, a welcome reception, conference reception and dinner, continental breakfasts, and coffee breaks. Virtual-only registration is $175 per person and includes access to all general session presentations through the conference streaming platform, Q&A opportunities, and PDF booklet download.

Both in-person and virtual-only registration include a 7-day ticket voucher to Colonial Williamsburg’s Art Museums and Historic Area, valid for redemption through Dec. 31, 2022. Registration and payment in full are required by Jan. 1, 2022.

The 2022 Working Wood in the 18th Century Conference, “Welcome to Williamsburg!” is possible due to the generosity of lead sponsors, the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, Early American Industries Association, and Lie-Nielson Toolworks Inc.

To access additional information and registration details for the conference, click here.

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