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Siemsen_Photo_1Over the next couple of posts, I’ll reminisce about the Hand Tool Olympics from Woodworking in America 2012, including a list of those who won the events (just to let you know who to keep an eye on as you stroll through the Marketplace) and those who benefited from participation – won a great prize for competing.

More importantly, I’ll list the actual prizes being awarded at this year’s events and the gracious companies that donated those tools. And for the first time in Hand Tool Olympic history, all the tools used during the events will be awarded. (A quick bit of addition puts that figure close to $3,000.) If you have not signed up as of yet, it’s time to register.

Let’s begin with the straight-up sawing events. I’m talking about the One Meter Dash, Cross-cut Extravaganza and Greco-Roman Tenons. pax_rip_saw_26(If you need an event description so you can get ready to compete, click here.)

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