If you’re in the Cincinnati area the first weekend in June you might want to stop by the offices of Popular Woodworking Magazine to check out the hand tool event. I’ll be there with a contigent of folks from SAPFM (Society of American Period Furniture Makers). Stop by, I’d love to meet you, talk tools, design, furniture. Note, the tools pictured above will not be for sale at the show. They are my own workhorses. I just put them up to get your tool lust fired up (like most of you need any help with that). Hope to see you at the show. I pulled the information below from the Lie-Nielsen website which details the show.
HAND TOOL EVENT atPopular Woodworking Offices FRIDAY, JUNE 4TH, 4PM-9PM
SATURDAY, JUNE 5TH, 10AM-5PM4700 East Galbraith Road – Cincinnati, OH
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: Lot parking available.
Popular Woodworking Magazine is one of the leading woodworking magazines, and their editors have invited us into their offices to hold a Hand Tool Event. We are pleased to be back for the second year in a row.
Christopher Schwarz: Popular Woodworking Magazine
John Economaki: Bridge City Tool Works
Kevin Drake: Glen-Drake Toolworks
Andrew Lunn: Eccentric Toolworks
Society of American Period Furniture Makers
Tom Lie-Nielsen and Lie-Nielsen Toolworks employees
will be present to answer questions, do demonstrations and more.
Schedule of Demonstrations:
Friday 7:00pm: Chris Schwarz, ‘The History of the Workbench’
Friday 8:00pm: ‘Q&A with the Toolmakers’ with Thomas Lie-Nielsen, John Economaki,
Kevin Drake, and Andrew Lunn
Christopher Schwarz is the editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine and is a long-time furniture-maker and hand-tool enthusiast. He began working with wood at age 8 when his family members built their first home on their farm outside Hackett, Ark., using hand tools because there was no electricity. After college, Chris became a newspaper reporter but studied furniture-making at night at the University of Kentucky. Despite his early experiences with hand tools on the farm, Chris remains an avid student and advocate of traditional hand techniques. Chris writes about hand tools for Popular Woodworking Magazine and The Fine Tool Journal and uses them every day in his own work. He has journalism degrees from Northwestern University and The Ohio State University and has worked as a magazine and newspaper journalist since 1990. Chris writes about traditional tools and ways of working on his blog at blog.woodworking-magazine.com.
For the past twenty-five years, Bridge City Toolworks has been producing innovative and impeccably crafted heirloom tools for serious woodworkers and collectors worldwide. Made in America, all of their tools are produced in limited numbers and with minimal care should continue to inspire your children’s children. The look, feel, and accuracy of each Bridge City Tool influences woodworkers to do their best work.
After graduating from the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program, Kevin Glen Drake founded the Glen-Drake Toolworks in Fort Bragg, California where he combines woodworking, tool making, and education. Kevin is dedicated to the task of making tools that will become a part of peoples lives and the lives of their heirs. To do that he follows a few simple guidelines, including: 1) A tool should feel like an extension of your body 2) A tool should be multi-functional 3) A tool should enhance the process of working 4) A tool should be manageable 5) A tool should have a low environmental impact 6) Tools should be used by the people who make them. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk to Kevin and see him demonstrate the tools and techniques that have been developed at the Glen-Drake Toolworks. (A number of tools that Kevin makes are distributed by Lie-Nielsen, including the popular Tite-Mark marking gauge.).
Andrew Lunn’s goal is to make the finest saws he can—to combine the workmanlike with the elegant, and to produce tools that both function superbly and that have a unique visual identity. The amount of handwork that goes into his saws makes each one unique. Commissioning one is a significant and rewarding process—he has seen it change the way people think about saws.
The Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) is a non-profit group passionate about exploring the rich heritage of American furniture. SAPFM offers a wealth of resources for anyone interested in building, conserving, or studying American furniture.