Handworks has officially opened its website to the public with details on the exhibitors and door prizes being offered at this event.
I don’t trade much in superlatives, but this is the far and away the single-best woodworking event I’ve ever attended or been part of. It’s free. The exhibitors are there to educate you about the craft. It’s not about selling you magic rags or router bits that fell off a truck.
You will meet thousands of like-minded woodworkers at this event. You’ll try tools that will spark your imagination. You will eat sausage.
The event happens in Amana, Iowa, on Sept. 4-5, 2020. Yes, it seems to be the middle of nowhere, but it’s not. It’s a beautiful 19th-century Germanic colony built in the gently rolling hills of central Iowa.
We’ll be there. We’re bringing all our titles, and we’re giving Welsh chairmaker Chris Williams a ride there (he’ll be demonstrating). We’ll be happy to sell you a book, but we’ll be even happier just to shake your hand, answer your questions and talk about woodworking stuff.
Handworks is an enormous task for the organizers, and every year they put it on they threaten it will be the last event. So don’t miss this one thinking there will be another. There might not.
And be sure to register so you are eligible for the door prizes – we’re giving away a $100 gift card.
— Christopher Schwarz
12 thoughts on “Register Now (it’s Free) for Handworks 2020”
Thanks for the heads up Chris. The hotel rooms are going fast.
I’ll be there. I’m really glad they have this an hour from my house and it’s not during the part of the year I’m coaching baseball.
Cannot wait for this. I live in Cedar Rapids so going to take advantage of living so close to such an great woodworking opportunity.
Rent a room or two and really capitalize on the event. 🙂
Word from my family in cedar rapids is they can get Eagle Rare at target for about $32. Stock up!
I reserved a room nine months ago and have been anxiously awaiting details.
Start making the beer.
Registered yesterday, and made hotel reservations today. Looking forward to such a great event coming to Iowa, where I live.
Things to see if you’re driving from the north…Spam Museum, Austin MN. Bily Clock Museum and Antonin Dvorak Exhibit, Spillville IA. Dvorak wrote his beloved Symphony No. 9 “New World Symphony” here in 1893 during an extended visit.
Chris, I see that this event is, for now, still on. Any updates on your classes? I know Omaha is postponed, though haven’t heard anything about Roy’s school.
Roy is contacting people now. It’s canceled.
Sigh. Okay, thank you for the update. Here’s hoping for another opportunity soon.
Stay safe, y’all.
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