The crates for the April 5-6 Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event arrived yesterday (thank you, kind neighbor, for your forklift help); it’s tempting to open them and dig into the bronze, wood and steel goodness inside.
The free event is next Friday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) in our office and shop, 8469 Blue Ash Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236.
Several other makers will also be on hand with their tools and other wares for you to try out – click here to see the list – plus we welcome new infill plane maker Juan Hovey, who’s flying in from California. And, we’ll have a bookstore with discounts on some of our most popular hand-tool books and videos.
For a list of where to stay and eat, and other things to do in the Queen City, click here.
We’re also delighted to welcome members of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, who will be demonstrating various hand tool techniques and tools throughout the two days (and showing off some of their pieces). The schedule follows:
10 a.m. – Bob Compton; How to use a Shaving Horse
11 a.m. – Donna Hill; Inlay
12 p.m. – Christopher Schwarz; How to use Hollows & Rounds (his topic is tentative – he’s on his way back from Australia, and doesn’t yet know he’s being asked to bring his moulders)
1 p.m. – Craig Fleming: Marquetry
3 p.m. – George Walker: Artisan (Pre-industrial) Design
4 p.m. – Rob Millard: Hammer Veneering
5 p.m. – Zach Dillinger: Hand-cut Sash
10 a.m. – Charlie Watson; Carve a Ball-and-claw Foot
11 a.m. – Andrew Messimer; Make a Frame & Panel
12 p.m. – Zach Dillinger; Hand-cut Sash
1 p.m. – Rob Millard: Hammer Veneering
2 p.m. – George Walker: Artisan (Pre-industrial) Design
3 p.m. – Andrew Messimer; Make a Frame & Panel
4 p.m. – Donna Hill; Inlay
Plus, Bob Compton and chairmaker David Wright will be demonstrating throughout the day as time allows.
Hope to see you next weekend.
• For less ephemeral instruction on period practices, I recommend “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to 17th-century Joinery,” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee. The lessons inside (processing wood, stock prep, tool selection, joinery and mouldings, turning, drawboring, finishing and more) are applicable to so much more than this particular piece of furniture (though I do think it’s a fine and storied form of furniture worth making).