Some parts of the woodworking business may be slow to change, but we are all living in a world that’s changing quickly. Responding to the wood industry’s need for technical inspiration and information, Vance debuts the free-standing Wood Tech Summit on October 22-23 in Vancouver, BC.

Finishing is the first-day focus for this executive-level event for North American woodwork professionals. Set at the downtown campus of the University of British Columbia, it is staged in collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP), just two hours drive from Seattle.

Keynoter Buzz

Buzz from custom woodworkers will certainly build around the keynote by craftsman extraordinaire Judson Beaumont, iconic furniture designer and manufacturer and the owner of Straight Line Designs

The two-day Wood Tech Summit features three comprehensive, full-day conferences. Tabletop displays by industry suppliers will be set amid an evening networking reception Monday, October 22.

Monday’s Wood Finishing sessions are followed by dual-tracks on Tuesday. Choose from “Building Business Competitiveness,” or “Maximizing Production Efficiencies.”

Monday’s finishing sessions include:

• Achieving Consistent Finish Quality, with Jason Chiu, a CAWP tech specialist;

• Building a State-of-the-Art Finishing Facility with Denise Staples, president, Deslaurier Custom Cabinets;

• R&D That Is Changing How We Finish Wood, with Philip Evans, Professor and BC Leadership Chair in Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing at UBC.

Woodworking Network’s Bernie Bottens will also be speaking on Tuesday.

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