Handworks 2017 is only three months away, May 19th - 20th at Amana Colonies, near Cedar Rapids Iowa. It is the best hand tool woodworking show in the USA and not one to be missed, especially as it's been 2 years since the last one. Better still it's absolutely free.
The queue in 2015 waiting for the doors to open on the fist day was huge, stretching all the way down the high street.
Roy Underhill will be entertaining the crowds on the Saturday morning and again entry is free, first come first served for the best view. He is a very funny man and a very knowledgeable woodworker.
Due to demand the show has expanded into five different halls with more demonstrators/ makers.
Jameel Abraham and his family have done all the organisation and their wonderful range of Benchcrafted vices will all be there for you to try and buy. https://benchcrafted.com/
The event is more of a gathering of like minded tool makers, than a show. It is a non profit making event with all the participants promoting it via social media. As such it has a very friendly atmosphere with everyone freely sharing their tips, techniques and knowledge. It is also very hands on with lots of tools to try and buy.
Scott Meeks will have a full range of his excellent wooden planes.
Daed Toolworks showed a range of very tempting and beautifully made infill planes.
Konrad Sauer (Sauer and Steiner) will be making the trip down from Canada with his modern interpretation of infill design.
.........and they don't come much sexier than this!
Blum Toolworks will have their unique planes on show.
In addition to the show being free there are numerous excellent door prizes donated by many of the participants, all you have to do is register in advance http://handworks.co/
The Amana Colonies are a great attraction in their own right and well worth a days visit while you're there as well as entertaining other non woodworking members of you family who might want to make the trip.
Oh, and of course I nearly forgot, I'll be there demonstrating my range of dovetail guides, now stocked by Highland Woodworking. I may also have a few of my planes for sale.
Hope to see you there!