Sam Beauford Woodshop Press Release
 

Contact: Dena Koehn

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dena@sambeaufordwoodshop.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DIRECTOR OF THE SAM BEAUFORD WOODWORKING INSTITUTE LUKE A. BARNETT TO SPEAK AT THE INTERNATIONAL WOODWORKING FAIR IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA

The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) has invited Luke A. Barnett of the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute to speak at their biennial event to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA on August 23rd, 2018. Mr. Barnett’s speech titled “Be the Spark That Lights the Fire” will focus on engaging youth in Career Technical Education (CTE) training, specifically in the field of Advanced Woodworking Manufacturing.

Luke A. Barnett is the Director of the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute located in Adrian, MI. He began his career in wood manufacturing as a Windsor Chair Maker in 2011. He is now dedicated to teaching his craft to others. He also serves on the Adrian Noon Rotary executive board as the President-Elect.

Speech highlights include:

  • Techniques to build the talent pipeline

  • Embracing the skills gap and finding solutions

  • Raising awareness in our own localities

  • Engagement of young woodworkers

  • Erasing the stigma of skilled trades as an “alternative education”

  • Preparation for the aging out of baby boomers in the industry

  • Erasing the stigma of woodworking as a domestic hobby

The International Woodworking Fair is one of the top woodworking trade shows in the world for furniture manufacturing, architectural woodwork, custom and general woodworking industries. Over 30,000 woodworkers are expected to attend. For more information, visit www.iwfatlanta.com