HandWorks Event 2015 #1: What an Amazing Event!

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Blog entry by CharlieK posted 05-17-2015 03:34 AM 2693 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Four friends and I drove down from Minneapolis to Cedar Rapids for the 2015 Handworks Event. I was quite pleasantly surprised by how good it was. We were only there on Friday, but it went on for the whole weekend.

Wow, where to start! Lots of vendors, Lots and Lots and Lots of tools, and many well known names in the woodworking community; Chris Schwarz, Roy Underhill, Ron Hock, and many more that you would recognize.

Here is a really blurry picture of me with Mike Siemsen.

Chris Schwartz

Roy Underhill

Mark Laub and Woodie in the van on the ride down to Cedar Rapids

Oh, and the tools!!

Here is a Saur & Steiner infill plane. There is a piece of curly maple to the left of the plane in the photo. I watched a guy plane that curly maple with this plane and there was absolutely NO tearout. It was amazing how buttery smooth of a finish he got with this plane.

At the Lie Nielsen booth:

The Benchcrafted Leg vise did not disappoint. It certainly lived up to its well deserved reputation.

Infill Planes

Wooden Profile Planes

And MORE profile planes…

Chisels, chisels, and more chisels!!!

There were also demos and a few pieces of furniture on display:

Greg Pennington’s Windsor Chairs:
A Windsor High Chair

A little baby Windsor

A beautiful Windsor Settee Bench

And, my favorite was this stunning Windsor desk

Frank Strazza’s School of Woodworking displayed this award winning table

It was a great trip and I really enjoyed myself. We also visited the H.O. Studley Tool Chest exhibit. I will post more about that later.

I also have many more and better photos from the Handworks 2015 event on my Google Plus page. You can click here to see more photos from the Handworks event.

Did any other LJ’s make it to this event?


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#1 posted 05-17-2015 03:46 AM


Looks like you guys had a great time! Pick up any of those beautiful hand planes? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 05-17-2015 11:57 AM

Any event that has to do with wood and tools is a great event. You can learn so much from these. Glad you guys enjoyed it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 05-17-2015 03:12 PM

Thanks guys. It really was a fun trip.


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#4 posted 05-17-2015 03:55 PM

I also was there on Friday. Really great event!

For me, the highlights were most everything. I love seeing all these vendors in one place at one time. Of course, I can’t afford the vast majority of what was being sold, but so what. Here are some of my favorite aspects.

Talking to other woodworkers was the best thing, since my woodworking is a pretty solitary pursuit. I’m not really a very sociable guy, but you just can’t help but interact – at least a little – when two or three guys are all drooling over the same plane. Good times.

Bad Axe Tool Works makes wonderful saws. I have no idea how, but I’m gonna find a way to buy a couple of these jewels.

Meeting the guys at Benchcrafted was a treat. I ain’t making a bench, but I sure do appreciate what they do there. Especially nice was the incredible lid on the Traveling Tool Chest.

I didn’t buy any because I couldn’t afford the time to look through them all, but I browsed the vast array of used tools available for purchase. Makes me believe I might actually be able to find a few myself, here and there.

David Barron was there, showing how to use his dovetail guides. I actually did buy one.

I really enjoyed Peter Galbert and Greg Pennington and the others in the Greenwood Barn. Windsor chairs fascinate me. I’ll probably never make any (no skill and no time), but I sure enjoy seeing what others are capable of accomplishing.

And, of course, the Studley exhibit – really well done! Small groups, plenty of time to get up close, knowledgeable people to answer questions and talk about the pieces. And the most amazing craftsmanship to enjoy.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#5 posted 05-17-2015 04:13 PM

HI Jim,

I couldn’t buy many of those fabulous tools either. I was quite taken by the brass mallets that Mary May was selling and yes, I did buy one of them!

I was kind of surprised to see that Greg Pennington used two lasers to line up the reamer on his Windsor chairs, but it was pretty clever! I think his chairs were wonderful, too.

You are 100% on the money about the Studley exhibit! Really well done and it exceeded my expectations.


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