Lie Nielsen Hand Tool Event or Woodworking Show?

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Forum topic by kalapolo posted 02-12-2011 05:33 PM 1510 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2011 05:33 PM

I’ve been scoping out both the upcoming Lie Nielsen Hand Tool Events and the Woodworking shows around the country. There isn’t anything closer than a 7 hour drive. My question: I’m sure I won’t be able to convince DH to take me to both considering the distance, so which event would you choose? I have essentially zero experience with hand planes, but would love to learn. If only LN had a showcase at the Woodworking shows! I read some previous reviews/blogs from other LJ’s who have been to the LN events – just don’t know if I’d be in over my head considering my lack of knowledge in the hand tool realm. If so, perhaps the Woodworking show would be more beneficial … all thoughts appreciated!

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#1 posted 02-12-2011 06:43 PM

Looks like Bob Settich and Andy Chidwick (Atlanta show).

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#2 posted 02-12-2011 06:59 PM

LN used to present at the woodworking shows. That’s where I first got exposed to them at the Altanta woodworkikng shows but they have opted for doing their own shows. I sent them an e mail explaining that they will get more esposures to newcomers to hand tools at the woodworking shows but they feel their shows are better seving the hand tool woodworkers. Too bad as I think they could get more exposure to the emerging clientel at woodworking shows. That’s how I learned about LN tools and have bought a LOT from them since.

As for your question, if you want to learn more about hand tools, go to the LN event. It is very helpful. you’ll learn about techniques, how to sharpen, be able to try any and all of their tools. The woodworking shows will demo a broader array of woodworking issues but there probably won’t be much there in the way of hand tools unless Lee Valley or Veritas is there.

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 07:04 PM

I like shoulder planes and chisels from LN but everything else I like veritas much more. And I too own a lot more LN planes than any other….I am starting to get the veritas now because they have better engineering and features. LN is more of a well done replica of the vintage planes. So that said, I didn’t pick up a lot of tips from the LN event.

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#4 posted 02-12-2011 09:06 PM

Having traveled with the WWS for awhile, I would suggest it because you can get lots of good info on many different areas of woodworking.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#5 posted 02-13-2011 03:40 AM

One of the best thing about attending the LN show are all of demo they present at each show. There various lectures on different sharping techniques and restoring old hand tools. Just this alone will help a newbie go about getting involved in hand tool work. I highly recommend going even if you don’t purchase anything you’ll walk away with a vast amount of information. I spend plenty of time over the years with Deneb Puchalski a LN master tech. on set up and sharping. I would highly recommend attending but beware these hand tool will become addicting, good luck and enjoy your choice of show either way you win…BC

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#6 posted 02-13-2011 06:05 AM

You guys are terrific! I want to check out a LN show based on your advice, but eeeek, it’s next weekend and we already have plans :-/ I may have to wait until next year :-(

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