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.
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.
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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