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Handworks 2019

by atogrf1
posted 10-10-2018 07:34 PM


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mramseyISU

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#1 posted 10-10-2018 07:56 PM

They usually start advertising in January/February I think.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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atogrf1

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#2 posted 10-10-2018 08:06 PM

Fingers crossed. Thanks.

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mramseyISU

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#3 posted 10-10-2018 08:13 PM

I just looked at the calendar of events for the Amana Colonies, they don’t have anything listed that far out right now.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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atogrf1

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#4 posted 10-10-2018 08:19 PM

I tried that earlier, and I did some Google searching, too, but no luck. I hope they have it again. The one in 2017 was just incredible.

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rustfever

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#5 posted 10-10-2018 08:28 PM

Will it be the same weekend as “Weekend with Wood” in Des Moines? I hope not, as I wish to attend both!

-- Rustfever, Central California

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atogrf1

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#6 posted 10-10-2018 08:32 PM

I doubt they would schedule it in conflict with another major woodworking event. Especially one in the same state. That would pull attendance from both events and neither promoter would want that.
At least that sounds like a logical assumption to me.

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#7 posted 11-13-2018 06:47 PM

I’m leaning toward a big let down for next year. Exhibitors need to plan their stuff way more than just 3 months in advance. I’ve checked the sites of the major players from 2017 and have not seen a single mention of Amana, or Handworks.

The top hit on Google is this thread, which is how I got here.

I soooo hope that I’m wrong.

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atogrf1

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#8 posted 11-13-2018 06:51 PM

Scotts,
Sadly, I agree with you. I’m getting the same feeling here.
Heck, if they promoters wanted to relocate to the Chicago area, I’d be more than happy to volunteer my services. It was such an awesome event, I would hate to see it disappear after only a few events.

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#9 posted 12-28-2018 04:12 PM

A vendor told me that there is no Handworks scheduled for 2019.

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atogrf1

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#10 posted 12-28-2018 06:40 PM

That’s too bad. That was one of the best woodworking events I have ever been to. I hope they start it up again one day. I’d even be willing to volunteer to help.

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bearkatwood

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#11 posted 01-02-2019 11:08 PM

Man, the one year I was actually planning to go. Oh well.

-- Brian Noel

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#12 posted 03-22-2019 10:48 AM

Just looked through the calendar of events in the Amanas through this August, and no Handworks listed. Looks like it’s not happening for 2019. :-(

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#13 posted 03-22-2019 01:10 PM

I’m in the minority, but won’t attend another Handworks. Drove four hours to get to the second one, was there with my dad for the door opening. Crowded, long lines, underwhelmed by the event. Just my impression..

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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atogrf1

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#14 posted 03-22-2019 01:25 PM

I had heard that about the 2nd one. But, the people that were there for the 3rd one said that it was much, much better than previous ones. Plus, with the taking off of the Instagram woodworking community, the meetups were a blast as well. Sorry you didn’t have a great time. Driving that long without a good result does suck. However, it looks like it won’t be much of an issue anyway if they stopped doing them.

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woodbuster

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#15 posted 03-22-2019 02:03 PM

After attending all of the previous Handworks events, I have a few observations:
-These are primarily tool sales events. This was the best way to shop almost every vendor in the hand tool universe.
-Remember, these events were free. You can’t be critical about “free”. They could have filled the place even if they had charged admission.
-This year, the Fine Woodworking magazine event in MA would be a time overlap with the usual date for Handworks. These smaller vendors can’t afford to be away from their businesses for that long and the driving would be exhausting.
-Planning a big event is a huge time suck for the organizers, who after all are tool mongers, not event planners.
-Based on the last Handworks attendance, this event had outgrown the venue. For me, the Amana venue is a major part of the appeal.
-Be grateful if you got to attend and sad if you didn’t.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#16 posted 03-22-2019 07:23 PM


-Remember, these events were free. You can t be critical about “free”. They could have filled the place even if they had charged admission.
-Be grateful if you got to attend and sad if you didn t.

- woodbuster

Strongly disagree with each of these, wood buster. I can, and I’m not. And I don’t care if you agree or not, but don’t tell me what I can’t do or feel.

EDIT: Thanks atog, I really did want to like it. Missed Leach not being there as well, he was a late scratch.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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atogrf1

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#17 posted 03-22-2019 07:30 PM

Hey, we all differ in our opinions. That’s what makes the world go around, right?
I do hope they have another one one day, and if you do decide to give it another chance, hit me up. I’ll buy you a beer and we can shoot the breeze about woodworking. Can’t go wrong there. :-)

Have a good one!!!!

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woodbuster

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#18 posted 03-22-2019 07:44 PM

Not being grateful has more to do with you than with the event. Apparently you feel they owed you something. The long lines were not their fault, but a product of what was right about the event..success. I really would like to hear what you were expecting because I don’t know of any event that offered this breadth of exposure to hand tool woodworking. You didn’t like Roy Underhill?

Can’t help you, sir.

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#19 posted 03-22-2019 08:29 PM

If I mail you a box of crap and don’t charge you for it, will you be grateful?

If Smitty didn’t enjoy it, he didn’t enjoy it. Good grief.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#20 posted 03-22-2019 09:32 PM

Grateful? Putting words in my mouth now? Pound sand.

Atog, that’s a deal!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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therealSteveN

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#21 posted 03-22-2019 09:55 PM

Is this weekend in May what you are talking about?

Or is it this one?

Past that Iowa isn’t big enough to be having much more than that is it?

-- Think safe, be safe

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