Wood Talk Online contest

If you’re a Wood Talk Online fan, then you probably already know about the contest. For the one or two of you who don’t know, here’s the info and the questions.

First off I’d like to thank Marc Spagnuolo (The Wood Whisperer) and Matt Vanderlist (Matt’s Basement Workshop), the hosts of Wood Talk Online, for graciously including me in their show both last night and two weeks ago. You can listen to the podcasts at the WTO link above, episodes 50 and 51 (the rest are great too, check them out). Somehow I managed to convince them to run a contest in which we would give away one of my Fundamentals classes. To top that, we even managed to get the tremendous folks at Popular Woodworking Magazine to partner with us for the contest and pick up $200 of the winner’s travel expenses.

So, here are the rules. The contest opened with last night’s Wood Talk Online show. We have a list of trivia questions about Marc, Matt, the guys from Popular Woodworking (Chris Schwarz, Glen Huey and Bob Lang) and a couple about me.

All of the answers to the questions can be found somewhere on all of our websites (I’d check the blogs first). All entries must be submitted by email to WoodTalkOnline@acanthus.com by 5pm on March 10, 2009. From all the entries, the person who gets the most questions correct is the winner. In the event of multiple entries with all correct answers, we will hold a random drawing from those entries to determine the winner. The winner will be announced on the next Wood Talk Online episode.

Now that you have the basics of the contest, I’m sure you’d like to know a little more about the prize. The winner will have their choice of a free weekend class at The Acanthus Workshop in one of our Fundamentals classes.

Your choices are either our Fundamentals 1weekend class to be held on July 18th and 19th, 2009. The Fundamentals 1 class is skill driven and is entirely hand tool based. So, if you always wanted to know how to tune up and sharpen a hand plane or hand cut dovetails, this is the class for you.

The winner might alternately choose one of our Fundamentals 2 weekend classes which will be held on March 14th and 15th, 2009 or August 29th and 30th, 2009. This class is entirely power tool driven and the students make a small footstool.

As a final alternative, the winner might choose to attend one of our Fundamentals 3 weekend classes. They will be held on April 17th through the 19th, 2009 or September 25th through the 27th, 2009. This class brings both hand tools and power tools together for an intensive learning experience. The students make a Shaker one drawer stand during this class.

To top off the contest, Popular Woodworking has generously offered a cash prize of $200 to offset any travel expenses the winner might incur. Additionally, all materials for the classes are provided. So, if you’ve ever wanted to take a woodworking class with a Master Craftsman with a limited number of other students (our class size is limited to a maximum of 6 students), this is the contest for you.

So, here are the questions already!


1. What city was Chris Schwarz in where he fainted during a woodworking demonstration?

2. In what city was Chris Schwarz when he had an expensive infill plane stolen right under his nose?

3. Where did Bob Lang go to High School?

4. Chris Schwarz has referred to Bob Lang’s taste in music as 60-70s rock and roll, but the only musical artist Bob has ever referred to in the blog is from a different genre and era. Name this musical artist.

5. Bob Lang has published 7 books, 5 of them about the Arts & Crafts period of the early 20th century. Name the other 2.

6. What industry did Marc Spagnuolo work in before becoming a professional woodworker?

7. What instrument does Marc Spagnuolo play?

8. What was the name of Marc Spagnuolo’s furniture business?

9. What piece of furniture did Glen Huey build, with help from his Father, when he was 13 years old?

10. What piece of furniture was the first to put Glen Huey on the cover of Popular Woodworking Magazine.

11. What is Matt Vanderlist’s day job?

12. What is the name of the German shop teacher Chuck Bender had in high school?

13. What other business did Chuck Bender have in addition to furniture making?

14. What special event in Chuck Bender’s son’s life did Chuck blog about?

15. After ten years in what town did Chuck Bender move his shop to its current location?


Good luck and remember to email your entry to WoodTalkOnline@acanthus.com by 5 pm EDT on March 10th, 2009. 


Do not post your answers here on the blog, please. I will remove all comments containing the answers to the questions. – the management.


Thanks again to Marc Spagnuolo, Matt Vanderlist, Chris Schwarz, Glen D. Huey, Bob Lang and Popular Woodworking Magazine for making this contest possible.



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