About Hand Tool Events®

About Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Events®

“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

Each year, we visit over 40 venues across the US and Canada and set up a Lie-Nielsen shop for two days. We bring our full line of hand tools and demonstrate essential hand tool techniques for everyday woodworking useful to both professionals and amateurs. Events are hands-on: we encourage customers to try our tools, ask questions, and experience how woodworking with hand tools is rewarding, quiet, and surprisingly efficient.

Events take place at woodworking-related venues like woodworking shops, schools, guilds, stores, and lumberyards. Unless it is part of a larger show or festival, Hand Tool Events are free, open to the public, and do not require registration. A selection of Lie-Nielsen hand tools is available for purchase at most Events. Attendees are eligible for free shipping on orders placed at the Event (excluding Workbenches, Shavehorse, Sharpening Station, vise hardware, and the No. 51 Shoot Board Plane).

We also invite Guest Demonstrators to showcase their work at our Hand Tool Events. Our Guests often include other hand toolmakers, expert woodworkers, and woodworking organizations that share our passion for quality craftsmanship. They demonstrate, answer questions, and, like us, aim to encourage customers to do their best work.


Benefits to Customers

Our 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. We 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.

Benefits to Guests

As opposed to commercial woodworking shows that charge a thousand dollars or more for a table, we do not charge any fees for Guest Demonstrators to participate at our Hand Tool Events. That makes it realistic for the small one-man shops to get their product out into the open, and gives potential customers exposure to some of the lesser known, fine tools available on the market today.