If we haven’t yet convinced you to abandon your family/job/comfortable retirement and head to Cincinnati on May 16-17, I hope this blog post will help you come to your senses. That weekend is the free Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event here at our magazine’s editorial office.
But it’s not just going to be me and Thomas Lie-Nielsen cooking weenies and shooting the shinola about bedding angles. The local chapter of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) has volunteered to give free demonstrations during the two days on a variety of topics. Here is the schedule:
Saturday, May 16
Time Demonstrator Topic
noon Robert Crouse Hollows & Rounds
1 p.m. Dave Heyer Carving Acanthus leaves on a period chair
2 p.m. Charles Murray Bench Planes
3 p.m. Dan Reahard Carving Fluted Quarter Columns
4 p.m. Donna Hill Inlay: Preparing Inlays and Sandshading
5 p.m. Bob Compton
& Jim Crammond Chairmaking: Windsors
Sunday, May 17
Time Demonstrator Topic
10 a.m. Mark Arnold Inlay & banding
noon George Walker Scratch beader
2 p.m. Donna Hill Inlay: Preparing Inlays and Sandshading
4 p.m. George Walker Design: Incorporating Ornament in a Design
And lest you forget, we’ll also have other toolmakers in addition to Lie-Nielsen at the event, both showing off their wares and showing you how to use them (the real heart of these events, I might add).
John Economaki of Bridge City Tools. See the Jointmaker Pro (which we awarded a Best New Tool of 2008 award) in action.
Ron Hock of Hock Tools. Ron is a long-time bladesmith who is extremely knowledgeable about steels and sharpening. Ask him about his forthcoming book on sharpening tools.
Kevin Drake of Glen-Drake Tool Works. Kevin builds my favorite marking gauge of all time (the Tite-Mark), plus other thoughtful tools, including chisel hammers, plane hammers and the thought-provoking double-handled dovetail saw.
Ron Brese of Brese Planes. Ron makes incredible infill handplanes at down-to-earth prices. If you’re in the market for an infill, he’s should definitely be on your short list.
Bob Zajicek of Czeck Edge Hand Tool will be showing off his wares. He makes fantastic marking knives, awls and other tools.
Jameel Abraham of Benchcrafted will be showing his awesome wagon vise, plus I hear he has a new product in the works that is very interesting.
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Again, you don’t have to register. The event is free. Give up your will.
– Christopher Schwarz