I’ll be driving up to Chicago on Thursday to participate in the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at Jeff Miller’s shop April 20-21. This is one of my favorite shows because of the city itself and the people who exhibit and attend.
This year we will be bringing one of Peter Follansbee’s joint stools – it’s actually the one shown on the cover of “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree.” We will also be bringing copies of the book. Once you see the stool in person we think you’ll want to make one. Trees beware.
I’ll also be traveling with the traveling version of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” It’s small but packs everything you need.
As always, the Chicago venue gets some top-shelf talent in addition to the Lie-Nielsen folks. The Abraham boys from Benchcrafted will be there. I have heard that they will be bringing a device that will change the world of leg vises. I cannot say more without Father John giving me a withering look. But let me say this: The show will be worth the drive just to see what they are bringing.
In other tempting news, Raney Nelson from Daed Toolworks will be exhibiting his fantastic miter planes (bought one) and smoothers (bought one). Raney does excellent, excellent work and you can play with his tools all day if you like.
Also coming: Kevin Drake, the maker of the Tite-Mark – hands down the best cutting gauge ever made in the history of human civilization. I own three. I wish I had 10. Plus the nice folks from Elkhead Tools, who make some bad-a$$ screwdrivers.
Oh, and don’t forget the host: Jeff Miller, one of my favorite contemporary furniture makers and an all-around nice guy. Goad him into talking about his new book project – there’s never been a book published like it (I wish we were the publishers….).
I’m also told that Megan Fitzpatrick from Popular Woodworking Magazine will be there to chat up the magazine and hassle me. And Andy Brownell will represent Gorilla Glue. Right?
As always, the show is free and open to the public.
— Christopher Schwarz