2019 ILBA Conference and AGM
The International Log Builders Association will host its 45th Annual Conference September 20th-22nd. Held in the historic and charming town of Bad Wildbad in the heart of the Black Forest (Schwarzwälder region) of southwestern Germany, it is the Association’s first meeting outside North America.
The gathering begins with an opening convocation and keynote address. Sessions include classes in crafting, rigging, on-the-job safety, design, engineering and building. Important findings for current research on thermal performance testing, sound attenuation and fire resistance for massive wood construction will be presented.
For Tech Talk, attendees are encouraged to show off their newest solutions to common problems. It’s a great place to bring your questions but expect to get a multitude of answers. Tech Talk is always an exciting time filled with fascinating ideas, much laughter and good fellowship.
As with any ILBA conference, a Trade Show, Live Auction and member Slide Show will take place, as will the association’s annual general meeting (AGM). The raucous Log Builder Games/Competition is also on the docket. Come a day early to enjoy a pre-conference tour of a nearby facility manufacturing dowel-laminated beams and panels.
The conference will take place at or near the Forum König Karls-Bad, a lovely and gracious facility with an adjacent spa. The town offers a wide choice of accommodations, all within a short walking distance to the conference venue. Guests and family members will also enjoy visiting Bad Wildbad and its nearby attractions. Go to: www.bad-wildbad.de to explore the possibilities.
September 16th-19th, four special Pre-Conference Workshops will be held in Seelbach, another Black Forest venue just an hour away. The Schwarzwälder Hof Resort and Campground will host these concurrent multi-day workshops with classes for beginners and veterans alike. Go to: www.spacamping.de to see the site.
One final note: in 1993 the ILBA hosted a world conference of log builders at America’s Yellowstone National Park. Attendees came from many parts of the globe, swelling our numbers to ~400 people. Tales are still told of that legendary gathering. This 2019 conference shares that global scope making it yet another not-to-be-missed gathering!
So, save up those air miles and hoard your vacation time. Be ready when September comes. Since all of Germany will be celebrating Oktoberfest while we’re there, extend your trip and enjoy a true taste of the culture (and beer!)
See you in Germany!