Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event
May
4
to May 5

Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event

Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at the Great Lakes Woodworking Festival in Michigan

The Great Lakes Woodworking Festival and Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute are proud to announce to addition of a Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event to the 3rd annual festival schedule.

Each year, Lie-Nielsen visits venues across the US and sets up shop for two days. They bring their full line of hand tools and demonstrate essential hand tool techniques for everyday woodworking useful to both professionals and amateurs. Events are hands-on: they encourage customers to try the tools, ask questions, and experience how woodworking with hand tools is rewarding, quiet, and surprisingly efficient.

Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at the Great Lakes Woodworking Festival

Just like the Great Lakes Woodworking Festival, this Lie-Nielsen Tool Event is free, open to the public and does not require registration. Attendees are eligible for free shipping on orders placed at the Event (excluding Workbenches, Sharpening Stations, Vise Hardware, and Dovetail Vises).

The Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Events are designed to maximize the customer’s educational experience. Customers are brought into real professional woodworking & manufacturing environments and get their hands on our full range of tools. They focus on helping our customers learn to use hand tools effectively and make tool choices that will best suit their work -- without any sales pitch or pressure to buy anything.

Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event - Free to Attend

“We started these Hand Tool Events to expose more woodworkers to the improvements in quality,environment, and enjoyment that hand tool work can offer. Over the past decade, we’ve seen their popularity explode with new and experienced woodworkers alike. Incorporating traditional tools and methods can offer even die-hard machinery users ways to bring their work to the next level. The fact that our tools don’t require earplugs or respirators just adds to the appeal.”

- Thomas Lie-Nielsen




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Meet & Greet PlaneWave Instruments
May
4
to May 5

Meet & Greet PlaneWave Instruments

  • Sam Beauford Woodshop South Lawn (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come meet the new stewards of the former Adrian Training School property - PlaneWave Instruments! Available Saturday and Sunday during the event.

PlaneWave designs and manufactures astrograph telescopes for portable use as well as permanent installations. PlaneWave Instruments was founded in 2006 by Richard Hedrick and Joseph Haberman, and is currently operated in Rancho Dominguez, CA.

PlaneWave partner Meridian Mechatronics was founded in 2009 by Kevin Iott in Deerfield, MI to do manufacturing for PlaneWave. Together PlaneWave Instruments and Meridian Mechatronics will be consolidating and expanding their operations at the Adrian Training School properly. They envision a campus that hosts manufacturing, distribution, and assembly facilities, as well as their headquarters’ offices and an observatory.

PlaneWave Instruments is committed to providing the highest quality observatory-class products for astronomers. Check out their website at: http://planewave.com/

How do you organize a star party? You planet. 

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Card Scrapers With Luke A. Barnett
May
4
11:30 AM11:30

Card Scrapers With Luke A. Barnett

Join Windsor Chairmaker Luke A. Barnett while he shows you how to use a card scraper. Learn how to sharpen a damaged card scraper in just a few minutes WITHOUT jigs. We will learn how to make a card scraper from a saw blade. Make and modify scrapers to a shape that works for you. 

This workshop is available at two different times during the festival:

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 11:30 AM 12:00 PM

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 11:30 AM 12:00 PM

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Learn To Play The Musical Saw
May
4
12:00 PM12:00

Learn To Play The Musical Saw

The Cutting Edge of Traditional Music

Thom Eno has been playing and teaching the musical saw for 25 years. The origins of the musical saw are obscure, but it was heard from lumber camps to music halls in its heyday.  With the help of Chris and Ruth Sorensen, Thom teaches beginners how to play three songs, lumberjack style (with a mallet). The only requirement is the ability to carry a tune. Wentworth tenor and baritone saw are available in the workshops or bring your own favorite hand saw. The workshop includes demonstrations, saw techniques, and as much history as Thom can make up.

This demonstration is available during four different times during the festival:

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Spoon Carving & Wood Burning with Cale Stoker & Ashleh Worden
May
4
to May 5

Spoon Carving & Wood Burning with Cale Stoker & Ashleh Worden

  • Sam Beauford Woodshop South Lawn (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Cave & Canopy duo Cale Stoker & Ashleh Worden for some green woodworking and wood burning throughout the festival. Cale carves beautiful spoons from greenwood using a axe and knifes while Ashleh creates lovely ornate wood-burned designs. Stop by their booth and check it out! 

This workshop is available all day Saturday and Sunday during the festival.

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Laser Engraving Wood with Maker Works
May
4
to May 5

Laser Engraving Wood with Maker Works

Join the team from Maker Works for a laser woodworking demonstration. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan Maker Works was established in 2011 to bring a focus back to making things. In their 14,000 square foot building you'll find a great selection of tools for wood, metal, textiles, plastic, jewelry, and electronics, instruction on the safe and efficient use of these tools, space to make things, and a welcoming community of interesting, creative people making things.

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Live Chainsaw Carving with Lonnie Glines
May
4
to May 5

Live Chainsaw Carving with Lonnie Glines

  • Sam Beauford Woodshop East Lawn (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Chainsaw carver Lonnie Glines is coming in from Harrison, MI. Lonnie is a former equipment rep, who was in search of a carver for fair and customer open houses. The carver he hired became a good friend and mentor, who taught him the art of chainsaw carving for 8 years before he passed away. Lonnie will be doing live chainsaw carving throughout both days of the festival. Stop by his booth and check it out!  

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Saw Stop Hot Dog Demo
May
4
12:00 PM12:00

Saw Stop Hot Dog Demo

Watch Richard from the Tool Haus demonstrate SawStop Technology by running a hot dog into the blade. Will it really stop the saw?!

This demonstration is available during two times during the festival:

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM

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Truth About Trees - Fun Kids Demonstration
May
4
1:00 PM13:00

Truth About Trees - Fun Kids Demonstration

The Truth About Trees! Did you know ping pong balls are made from WOOD?! What about toothpaste?! Chocolate?!

We'll be educating youngsters at the 2018 GLWF with some awesome resources from the Hardwood Forest Foundation! They are a non-profit organization with the goal to provide science based programs, including Truth About Trees, to educate every elementary child in North America about sustainable forestry.

Free kids swag bags! With items that come from trees! Coloring book, crayons, pencils and rulers! All thanks to the Hardwood Forest Foundation. Get em' while they last!

Are you an educator? We'll have information available for you to get your own Truth About Tree Kits for classrooms, libraries, festivals, etc. 

This kids activity is available at two different times during the festival:

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 1:00 PM 2:00 PM

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM

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Steam Bending Wood with Dennis Paul Peterson
May
4
1:00 PM13:00

Steam Bending Wood with Dennis Paul Peterson

Learn the art of steam bending wood with fine woodworker Dennis Paul Peterson. Dennis was born in Minnesota, became interested in wood working after building houses in Minnesota, and earth sheltered houses in the Mountains of Colorado. He has worked in a few cabinet shops then also worked in a large 100 Journeyman shop in Washington DC, where he did work for the Smithsonian Institute, World Bank and the Chief Executive Office of the White House. He was published in the Taunton Press Book " The Custom Furniture Resource Book" in 2001 and has also patented a tape measure holder. Dennis will be bending a table leg of 8/4 material and a few thinner pieces.

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Band Saw Tune Up
May
4
2:00 PM14:00

Band Saw Tune Up

Get that band saw cutting razor thin and consistent wood. Come and learn some tips and trick on how to optimize you band saws performance. Demonstration by Richard from The Tool Haus in Gladwin, MI.

This workshop is available at two different times during the festival:

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 2:00 PM 2:30 PM

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 2:00 PM 2:30 PM

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Youth project - Build a Whimsical Birdhouse
May
4
2:00 PM14:00

Youth project - Build a Whimsical Birdhouse

Start your little one's woodworking career right with a fun artistic and skill building project. Build a whimsical Bird House

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Axe Throwing Competition
May
4
to May 5

Axe Throwing Competition

  • Sam Beauford Woodshop North Lawn (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Want to win some money??? Enter the axe throwing competition. Individual competition.  Cash prize for the winners.  Qualifying round on Saturday May 4th and Main competition is May 5th.

10$ entry fee

Registration May 4th 11:30-1:30. Qualifiers start at 2:00 pm Saturday.

Competition Starts at noon on Sunday.

Winner receives $250 cash prize and runner up receives a $50 dollar gift certificate to Lee Valley Tools.

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Saw Sharpening with Erik Florip
May
4
2:00 PM14:00

Saw Sharpening with Erik Florip

Ever wondered how to whip that rusty old hand saw into super sharp shape? Learn directly from Erik Florip - hobbyist woodworker turned toolmaker. Florip started building custom saws five years ago and now has a tool making shop near Traverse City, MI. All Erik's tools are made in house from raw material. Erik will also be showing handsaws and layout tools during the festival. For more information, visit FloripToolworks.com

This demonstration is available during two different times during the festival:

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 2:00 PM 3:00 PM

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 2:00 PM 3:00 PM

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WOODCUT PRINTMAKING - GREGORIO PEREZ
May
4
3:00 PM15:00

WOODCUT PRINTMAKING - GREGORIO PEREZ

Learn the process of woodcut printmaking with local artist Gregorio Perez. Perez will carve hand drawn images into planks of wood. The carved image will receive a thin layer of ink using a brayer (ink roller). After the ink is applied to the block it will be pressed onto paper.  A reverse image of the block will be transferred to the paper. 

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SBWI After Hours Concert: The Crane Wives
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

SBWI After Hours Concert: The Crane Wives

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The Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute presents The Crane Wives in concert.

In Japanese folklore, the crane wife is a bird disguised as a woman who spins fine silks from her own feathers, until her identity is discovered. The Crane Wives spin fine songs from whole cloth, and you will never want the melodies to leave your head. From murky origins in Chinese restaurants, high school ska bands, and dorm room jam sessions, the band came together in 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and immediately began gathering a following with intricate melodies, sister-harmonies, and compelling songcraft. Initially part of the indie folk boom, their sound has grown and broadened with each new recording till categorization becomes difficult: rock, pop, folk? Just call it really good music.

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Greenland Kayak - History and Construction with William Silvis
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Greenland Kayak - History and Construction with William Silvis

Join William Silvis for an hour long educational seminar about the greenland kayak. This is one you dont want to miss.

The native people of the arctic have been making small, fast, single-person boats for thousands of years. They took advantage of simple tools, found materials, and animal skins to build reliable water craft ideally suited for hunting the game that was vital to their survival – seals in the eastern arctic of Greenland and sea otters in the western Alaskan arctic. We’ll build a version of this type of boat, a West Greenland Qajaq, which is the model behind many of the recreational sea kayaks in use today. We’ll put it together using the same parts and techniques, and using the same design that can be seen in museum specimens that are hundreds of years old (although nylon fabric will replace the animal skin!).

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Live Music - The Native Heart
May
6
5:00 PM17:00

Live Music - The Native Heart

The Native Heart is a quartet started by husband and wife duo, Jon & Julie Torrence. The band's musical taste and influence is broad, and their performances intentional and electric. Having been together for over a decade, their voices blend organically and complement their jazz-influenced folk sound. Their repertoire ranges from jazz standards to contemporary music, from folk legends to original songs, all the while remaining driven by rhythmic intensity and emotional strength. At the heart of the Native Heart is a love of art and storytelling, and this is portrayed within their music.

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LIVE MUSIC - ANDY SCHILLER, GUITARIST
May
6
2:00 PM14:00

LIVE MUSIC - ANDY SCHILLER, GUITARIST

Andy Schiller is a solo acoustic guitar instrumentalist. When he hits the stage, the first song will be a fast, no-holds-barred flurry of notes, ala Andy McKee’s “Drifting” or Kaki King’s “Playing with Pink Noise”. The percussive techniques and two-hand tapping add a visual element to the musical performance that keeps the audience’s eyes glued to the stage. The set then continues with original compositions. These are melodic finger-style pieces, where Andy obviously draws upon his classical guitar training. The tasteful use of loops and effects in a handful of the songs brings a welcome variety of tones to the set. A few covers from 80s pop groups add a surprising twist to the set of solo acoustic percussive guitar.

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Wood Turning with Erik Blom
May
6
1:00 PM13:00

Wood Turning with Erik Blom

Come watch wood turner Erik Blom while he demonstrates turning techniques at the pavilion! Erik Blom has lived in Ann Arbor Township for over 70 years.  He started woodworking at 8 years of age, accomplished major drawings, wood and metal sculpture in high school and showed his work at the beginning of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.  He attended college for commercial, graphic arts, and photography.  He retired as a power plant engineer and has been turning wood as an art form for 10 years.  He loves what he can see and create out of a piece of wood.

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Live Chainsaw Carving with Lonnie Glines
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Live Chainsaw Carving with Lonnie Glines

Chainsaw carver Lonnie Glines is coming in from Harrison, MI. Lonnie is a former equipment rep, who was in search of a carver for fair and customer open houses. The carver he hired became a good friend and mentor, who taught him the art of chainsaw carving for 8 years before he passed away. Lonnie will be doing live chainsaw carving throughout the day of the festival. Stop by his booth and check it out!  

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Custom Gun Stocks with Steven Durren
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Custom Gun Stocks with Steven Durren

Steven Durren has been making things with his hands as long as he can remember. He has a formal education in gunsmithing and spent many years working in machine shops and enjoying various forms of woodworking. 20 years ago, he turned to his true passion, gunsmithing, full time. He now spends most of his work hours (and off work hours) building fine custom rifles.

He feels the highlight of his career was when he was accepted as a Professional member in the American Custom Gunmaker’s Guild as both a Metalsmith and Stockmaker. He currently serves as Vice-President of the Guild.

Steven will be displaying examples of his work and will be demonstrating some of the techniques used to create a high-end custom stock.

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Hand Crafted Furniture Sale
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Hand Crafted Furniture Sale

  • Sam Beauford Woodshop, Pavilion & Parking Lot (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Are you thinking of purchasing a new dining table, rocking chair, dresser, cabinets, or just something small? This event is perfect for you! Get to know some of the top furniture makers from the Great Lakes Region and start a relationship with these men and women. The best way to support your community is to buy local. The products are not just sold locally, they are handcrafted locally from materials grown right here. Browse handmade products made by local artisans. Over 30 wood artist will be in attendance to help meet your need. Prices range from $5-$5000

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LIVE Chainsaw Carving with "Lumber" Jack Riese
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

LIVE Chainsaw Carving with "Lumber" Jack Riese

A tree stump, a chain saw, a ladder and an imagination are the tools of "Lumber" Jack Riese, chainsaw artist from Massillon, Ohio. From totem poles to eagles, from unicorns to bears in a canoe, Jack takes it from concept to finished sculpture! Come check out Jack in the front yard of the wood shop where he will be carving a wolf! 

 

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Book Signing - Zachary Dillinger
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Book Signing - Zachary Dillinger

Zachary Dillinger is a period reproduction furniture maker who uses only period hand tools to complete his work. He has written for Popular Woodworking Magazine, Fine Woodworking Magazine, American Period Furniture, Early American Life Magazine, and Mortise & Tenon Magazine. He is also the author of two books: With Saw, Plane and Chisel: Making Historic American Furniture with Hand Tools and On Woodworking: Notes from a Lifetime at the Bench. His work has been featured at furniture shows and museums around the country. He has demonstrated period techniques at Woodworking in America, The Furniture Project, L.L. Johnson Lumber Company, The Detroit Institute of Arts and at numerous other historical events around the country.  

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