Just returned home from Amana, Iowa. I attended the Handworks 2015 event.
It was great to see so much enthusiasm for unplugged woodworking! The blogs will be busy digesting such a great event for days/ weeks to come. Looking forward to that….
Thought I would put up a few pictures….
I wish you had of posted more pics, unfortunately at our timber show not many showed interest in unplugged demos. One old guy just walked off on the poor guy who was demonstrating solely to him, I felt sorry for him and thought to myself 70 years on this planet and you haven’t learned a single thing.
a few more…. my pictures really don’t even come close to capturing the event (there were so many people it was hard to jockey for good position). The best people watching moment: I was on the Lie Nielsen floor and this young salesman was showing an older woman (late sixties) how to use a rabbit plane. You could tell she had never made a shaving in her life. She made a beautiful little shaving — her reaction was a eyes wide opened -“Wooooooow”. The salesman laughed and showed her the thickness of the shaving. She was hooked.
Did Lie Nielsen have the elusive LN plow plane on display? I thought I saw a picture of it in some shots from the show, but I can’t recall where I saw it.
Did you see the Studley cabinet?
The show looks great. What fun. Wish I could have taken a few days to drive over to Iowa and spend at the show.
They did have the LN plow on display – really nice!
I didn’t see the Studley (the times I could make it were sold out. I’m kicking myself now for not getting there).
I drove down from Central Minnesota 5-6 hours – If they have it again, I will do it again for sure – It’s really a can’t miss event. The Amana Colonies are a very nice location to have the event. They had a lot of little shops and places to eat (I think this appeased many wives that were along).
I’m sure they will have it again – people were spending and spending and spending $$$. You could just tell people had tools they wanted and the tool budgets to buy.
I was in the barn right away at 10AM and you could see inventories of items 4 hours latter substantially depleted. Which is GREAT! for handtool makers.
When I was there all vendors were busy; but, the busiest were Bad Axe Tools, Benchcrafted, Lie Nielsen, and Lost Art Press. David Barron’s booth was very busy also.
Thanks for all this, Matt. I’d seen several photos from a blog by Ralph Beauminot (spelling?) and I’m still cleaning up the drool marks on my keyboard. I’d love to get to an event like that. Doesn’t seem like this sort of thing gets to California at all, unfortunately.
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