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Wood Pro Expo Lancaster Conference Schedule



Wood Pro Expo Education Sessions
October 17-18

Warehouse at the Nook, Manheim, PA


Thursday, October 17 Sessions

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Free Keynote --Will Sampson:  Path to professionalism

Will Sampson

FDMC's renowned editor Will Sampson, aims his keynote woodworking businesses starting out or ones that still struggle from time to time.  Sampson will discuss business practices, efficient production, effective marketing, and secrets some shops don’t learn for decades

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  
Ken Kumph, Premier Builders, Georgetown, MA: 
A systematic approach to comparing estimated to actual costs 

Ken Kumph

Kumph will share his job costing strategies to assess profitability and aid in decision-making for pricing and managing future projects. If you are interested in learning how to control costs and optimize your spend, then this seminar is a must-attend.


11:00 a.m.  – Noon
James Fox, Fox Woodworking in Phoenixville, PA.:   Running a one or two man shop: How to make it all work

James Fox

Fox will share tips and tricks from his own experience running a one (and sometimes two) man shop. Whether you are just starting out in the business or have been operating your shop for years, James will provide valuable insights to help you manage your workload.

Friday, October 18 Sessions

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Free Keynote:  Dr. Gene Wengert:  The Wood Dr. is in

Dr. Eugene Wengert

Is your business Blood Pressure too high?  Get a prescription from the Wood Dr. on how to survive and do even better than before in spite of today’s wood availability, wood quality, economic conditions, employee issues, and more. His wide-ranging presentation will address the changes in the industry and what woodworkers can do about them.  He'll also save some time to field questions from the audience on practical or technical challenges you encounter in lumber and panel - the Q+A's in FDMC magazine that have made him such a treasured woodworking industry resource. Learn more.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  
Leslie Smith:  Market Development Manager, The Sherwin Williams Co.:  How trends affect your business

Les Smith

One of the foremost presenters on finishing trends, Les Smith will discuss how businesses must offer the latest trends in color, design and technology to stay competitive in the market. Following what your competition is doing always makes you a "me too." So how do you get in front of your competition and become the leader in trends? Les will help you gain insight into the latest trends in color, style and technology as he presents “Keeping Up With Trends From Bellbottoms to Blockbuster.” Learn more.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Dr. Eugene Wengert:  The correct moisture content for kiln dried lumber: Establishing reasonable MC targets and measuring MC
Don't let your profits evaporate because of incorrect moisture content (MC).  Seventy-five percent or more of wood manufacturing defects...including chipped grain, raised grain, fuzzy grain, open glue joints, wintertime end cracks, warp in the final product and more...are moisture related.  Yet, MC is controllable.  Find out the best MC targets, MC measuring techniques, kiln drying procedures, and QC tools for MC. Learn more.