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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.

Entering the main barn.  Most vendors were set up here, but others were in the Amana woodshop or an open-air structure that basically looked like an old stable.

Entering the main barn. Most vendors were set up here, but others were in the Amana woodshop or an open-air structure that basically looked like an old stable.

Inside the main barn.  Pretty much packed from open to close both days.

Inside the main barn. Pretty much packed from open to close both days.

Several infill plane makers were there including Konrad Sauer (pictured here), Ron Brese, and Daed Toolworks.

Several infill plane makers were there including Konrad Sauer (pictured here), Ron Brese, and Daed Toolworks.

Vesper made the trip from Australia.  Sweet stuff.

Vesper made the trip from Australia. Sweet stuff.

Lie-Nielsen was set up on the large stage just like 2 years ago.

Lie-Nielsen was set up on the large stage just like 2 years ago.

I finally got to sample the prototype plow plane Lie-Nielsen has been working on for over 4 years.  No official word on a release date.

I finally got to sample the prototype plow plane Lie-Nielsen has been working on for years. No official word on a release date.

Vintage tools available for purchase

Vintage tools available for purchase

Don Williams polissoir and hand made wax.

Don Williams polissoir and hand made wax.

Also on display was an exquisite chest built by Chris Schwarz, the lid was made by Jameel Abraham.

Also on display was an exquisite chest built by Chris Schwarz, the lid was made by Jameel Abraham.

On day 2, Roy Underhill gave an amusing lecture promoting the handtool side of woodworking... in a way only Roy can pull off.

On day 2, Roy Underhill gave an amusing lecture promoting the handtool side of woodworking… in a way only Roy can pull off.

Over at the "stables" there were the chairmakers including Tim Manney, Claire Minihan, and Peter Galbert.

Over at the “stables” there were the chairmakers including Tim Manney, Claire Minihan, and Peter Galbert.

The deluxe edition of Galbert's new book (sold out).  I bought the standard edition and it looks amazing.

The deluxe edition of Galbert’s new book (sold out). I bought the standard edition and it looks amazing.

Also had a spring pole lathe which I've never seen firsthand before.

Also had a spring pole lathe which I’ve never seen firsthand before.

Mary May setup in the Amana woodshop along with Blackburn tools and Sterling toolworks.

Mary May setup in the Amana woodshop along with Blackburn tools and Sterling toolworks.

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.

Original Studley bench

Original Studley bench

Original Studley face vise

Original Studley face vise

Original Studley tail vise

Original Studley tail vise

Studley tool chest in the dark.

Studley tool chest in the dark.

Don William's reproduction bench with collection of wagon vises attached.

Don William’s reproduction bench with collection of wagon vises attached.

They had a Studley look-alike giving a brief background on the life of Studley... he looked so similar it was creepy.

They had a Studley look-alike giving a brief background on the life of Studley… he looked so similar it was creepy.

Details of the Studley chest.

Details of the Studley chest.

Some reproduction calipers, the caliper holder was made by Jameel Abraham

Some reproduction calipers, the caliper holder was made by Jameel Abraham

At the end of the 50 min session the house lights were turned out for better photos.

At the end of the 50 min session the house lights were turned out for better photos.

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.

The H.O. Studley chest

The H.O. Studley chest

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