Handworks 2017 in Iowa
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This is a small sampling of what I will have on my bench at Handworks,

Ron















"which plane should I use for this task?......the sharp one"

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#38
  Re: Handworks 2017 in Iowa by mebert (Anyone attending Han...)
Does the Colony still have public cafes and kitchens? It was something my parents talked about, before my time. Never did go there when I lived in Iowa, with my parents.
Bruce
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#39
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If you see a Brown Ford Expedition with the hatch open, please say hello.  I try to park across from the abrn doors.    Bill
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#40
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As usual it goes without saying how beautiful your planes are. The antique brass blends nicely with the wood and steel.
I am not a big fan of the woodies, per say, but that one is quite exquisite. My compliments.
BontzSawWorks.net
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#41
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As usual it was a great day even with bad weather. Lots of electricity in the air, everyone had smiles on their faces. Even the wife's were smiling as the husbands were buying tools, really.

Slav
"More the Knowledge Lesser the Ego, Lesser the Knowledge More the Ego..." -Albert Einstein.
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#42
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Slav's characterization of Handworks is right on.  It was a very uplifting experience.  The setting in the Amana Colonies is truly unique and very much a part of the overall feeling of crafting wood with hand tools.  Yes, there were times when the crowd was overwhelming, but there were also many opportunities to engage directly with the people that bring their scope of products and skills to show.  

I found it very interesting that Handworks is second only to Oktoberfest as a draw for visitors to Amana.  In other words, hand tools are a big deal and people who like to use them are pretty good folks to be around.  

This news came to me second hand:  WIA is not being held this year and perhaps will alternate with Handworks every-other-year format.  There was quite a bit of forum talk from folks on either coast being deprived access to either of these events.  Trouble is, when shows go to the coasts they seem to cut off most of the balance of the country, so attendance is usually mediocre.  Beside that unfortunate outcome, there is only one Amana and the people responsible for making this event happen live nearby, and make it all happen while having to run a very substantial business...and they let you attend for nothing.  Let's just hope there is another Handwork two years from now.
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