Handworks Worked!

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Yes, it was crowded … but in a good way.

Handworks 2015 was hands down the most exciting and satisfying show Linda and I have ever done. The attendance was huge — there must have been a couple thousand of you that showed up from all over the world — we were busy every minute. The weather was, as I understand it, typically Iowan, in that it changed dramatically every few minutes. For the most part it was warm and a bit muggy but otherwise quite comfortable. Not too anything.

We had planned to attend the first Handworks but had to bail at the last minute. Here’s what we did then, instead. So we were doubly primed for a great show. And overwhelmed by its success.

The organizers made sure all the exhibitors got a chance to hang out with the other tool-makers which is a real treat for me. I met many of them at “Plane Day” in Cincinnati in 2005. That was a special day for me in that I realized I was part of a community of tool makers. Really cool tool makers. So a chance to shoot the breeze with them is a rare, special event. But once the doors opened on Friday morning it was enthusiastic woodworkers non-stop for two days. My legs and feet are still a bit sore.

Everyone loved Roy Underhill’s… “talk”? “Performance”? “Song and dance”? Roy is always Roy and we all loved every minute of his delightful “history” lesson.

Thanks to all of you who could make out to the heartland. Those who didn’t/couldn’t, maybe next time? (Here are some pretty great photos taken by Bartee Lamar.) And our deepest gratitude to the Abrahams for their hard work and generosity. They put on one great show.

Oh, yeah, Don Williams was there with the Studley tool cabinet. On display nearby in Cedar Rapids. More about that and his new book, Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley, published by Lost Art Press, in my next post. Stay tuned.

 

About Ron Hock

Owner of HOCK TOOLS (.com) and author of "The Perfect Edge, the Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers"
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4 Responses to Handworks Worked!

  1. bgilstrap says:

    Wish I could have attended. Alas, family commitments prevented it. Glad it was such a success.

  2. George Beck says:

    It was great to see you again. It seems we have been at this a long time.

    George

  3. fitz says:

    Wish I’d had more time to visit with you and Linda — but lovely to see you if but for a few moments!

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