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I recently returned from the Handworks event in Amana, Iowa, held on 5/24 & 5/25.  It was an awesome trip featuring only hand tool vendors and only the best of the best.  The chance to meet so many talented tool makers and try out so many premium tools in one sitting was unparalleled.  Hopefully this becomes an annual event and maybe even moves around the country year to year to give more people a chance to attend.

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The event was held in a large barn in the Amana colonies.

The event was held in a large barn in the Amana colonies.

Benchcrafted leg vise

Benchcrafted leg vise

Moulding planes from Old Street Tools

Moulding planes from Old Street Tools

Infill planes by Daed Toolworks

Infill planes by Daed Toolworks

Various Lie-Nielsen tools

Various Lie-Nielsen tools

Veritas took the opportunity to get feedback on their shooting plane prototype.  The body of this tool was rapid prototyped, not cast metal.

Veritas took the opportunity to get feedback on their shooting plane prototype. The body of this tool was rapid prototyped, not cast metal.

Jeff Miller was also there to talk a little shop

Jeff Miller was also there to talk a little shop

On Saturday, a brief presentation was put on by Don Williams and Chris Schwarz covering an upcoming H. O. Studley book.

On Saturday, a brief presentation was put on by Don Williams and Chris Schwarz covering an upcoming H. O. Studley book.

 

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