2 years ago I had the good fortune to attend Handworks 2013. Last weekend I attended round 2 of this awesome handtool extravaganza. If it comes up again do everything in your power to attend. I only captured a handful of the tools on camera and the pictures aren’t all great… apologies for that, it wasn’t easy getting pictures with so many people moving around. In any event, here’s a taste of Handworks 2015 and here’s hoping many more will follow.
One of the major side attractions this year was the chance to view the privately owned H.O. Studley Tool Chest. Tickets had to be purchased in advance and the viewing was about 20 minutes from Amana, near Cedar Rapids. Guests were given a 50 minute slot to hear a brief talk from Don Williams (who wrote the book and arranged the viewing event) and photograph the chest. The owner of the chest also owns Studley’s bench which was there for the viewing pleasure as well. Finally, Don made a reproduction version of this bench and mounted his collection of piano-makers vises to it for people to play with. Don also molded some replica parts used by Studley so people could get a better look at the details incorporated into the Studley chest. Overall, it was well worth the price of admission (a mere $25) and it was a woodworking experience I won’t soon forget.
This is the actual chest and bench, photographed during the prep for the book. None of my well-lit shots of the chest look nearly this good so I’d rather show this photo than one of my own.