Announcements About the Lie-Nielsen Open House


I’ve been asked to make the keynote address at the Lie-Nielsen Open House on July 7-8 and also will give a lecture and demonstration on “Finishing With Fire” and showing how to do it with furniture components.

For the keynote, my topic is titled “The Hand Tool Backlash,” and I’ve been working on it for several weeks now. Previous keynote speakers, such as Peter Follansbee and Roy Underhill, have made such amazing speeches at the Open House that fair ladies fainted and the sick were healed.

Though I’m no professional speaker, I vow to give it my best. (Actually, nothing can best my story about my first colonoscopy. And as I probably shouldn’t tell that particular story, this will be my second best.)

Finishing With Fire
For my demonstration at 3 p.m. Friday, I’ll be assembling and finishing one of my three-legged stools with a gas torch and a mixture of linseed oil and beeswax. I’ve been experimenting with this finish for several years now and have figured out how to make it really easy, even for fire-fearing scarecrows.

Also, I’ll be happy to sell the completed stool to anyone planning to attend. These stools are $175 and are made from Southern yellow pine. I’ll be happy to customize the stool for your height on the spot. If you’d like the stool, send a note to, and I’ll reserve it for you.


About the Event
The Lie-Nielsen Open House is a fantastic family event with lots of demonstrators, toolmakers and food. In addition to me, other demonstrators include Christian Becksvoort, Danielle Rose Byrd, Phil Lowe, Peter Follansbee and Peter Galbert.

Also attending: Megan Fitzpatrick of Popular Woodworking Magazine, planemaker Matt Bickford, Tico Vogt of Vogt Toolworks, Isaac Smith of Blackburn Tools, Joshua Klein of Mortise & Tenon Magazine, furniture maker Freddy Roman, miniature maker Marco Terenzi, Kenneth Kortemeier of the Maine Coast Craft School, chairmaker and toolmaker Tim Manney, Mason McBrien from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, planemaker Scott Meek, Bob Van Dyke from the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, planemaker Dan Schwank, saw sharpener Matt Cianci, Wes Sutherland from the Guild of Maine Woodworkers, bowmaker Stim Wilcox, Rory Wood from Rare Woods, boat maker Kevin Carney, Steve Branam from the Close Grain School of Woodworking, Chris Kuehn of Sterling Toolworks and Travis Knapp of

Whew, that’s the longest list of vendors I’ve ever seen at the Open House. Should be great.

Note, I won’t be bringing any Lost Art Press books or Crucible tools with me. But Lie-Nielsen carries almost our entire line and those will be available for purchase at the event. As always, I am happy to sign your books (or anything else you put in front of me).

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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10 Responses to Announcements About the Lie-Nielsen Open House

  1. anfaith says:

    Hopefully you will share the talk, in video or written form, after the event. The title certainly is intriguing. Good luck! Wish I was there.

  2. hgordon4 says:

    Wow – potentially problematic combination there: the first colonoscopy speech followed by you selling your stool… Definitely glad you will be doing the finishing with fire speech instead.

  3. Shawn Russell says:

    Hello Chris,

    Do you know if the event classes will be recorded or live cast?



  4. charlie says:

    What kind of “handtool backlash” will you be addressing? Physical, as in back pain and blisters? or verbal, as in naysayers with pessimistic views?

  5. manitario says:

    Though I am neither a fair lady, nor sick but I will bring my aged grandmother in hope that the smallest of whispery plane shavings may fall from your beard and heal her.

  6. snwoodwork says:

    I heard Peter feed an entire crowd with one of his spoons, his hewn bowls, & one can of applesauce.

  7. Nate Thomas says:

    You guys gotta put the keynote up on youtube! Please, think of the children.

  8. I’m looking forward to it!

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