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Last weekend I attended the Lie-Nielsen Open House at the company’s factory in Warren, Maine, and got to hang out with a lot of contributors to Popular Woodworking Magazine and work together on an unusual Dutch Tool Chest.

What’s a Dutch Tool Chest? Check out the October 2013 issue to find out.

Every year, Lie-Nielsen opens its doors to the public a la Willy Wonka to show off the factory, feed everyone lobster and promote the craft. It is one of my favorite woodworking events.

This year there were so many fantastic demonstrators that I didn’t even have time to talk to all of them. Here are a few of my personal highlights.


• Watching Peter Galbert and his crew at work on chairs. Peter’s work is so good I’m almost ashamed to call my chairs “chairs.”
• Talking to Mary May, who was demonstrating carving (of course). (Commercial – but very cool – side note. Mary is teaching a 10-day online course offered through ShopWoodworking.com


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