2017 Summer Open House & Lobster Bake

with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

July 07 - 08 , 2017

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Lie-Nielsen Summer Open House

July 7-8 • Friday & Saturday • 9AM to 5PM

264 Stirling Road • Warren, Maine • 04864

This event is free and open to the public — all are welcome!

Sorry, the Lobster Bake Dinner is sold out. Please call to be placed on a waitlist: 1-800-327-2520

Come join the folks from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks at our shop in Warren, ME, and help us celebrate our annual Open House.

This is a great opportunity to see behind the scenes at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Come tour our shop and test our full line of woodworking hand tools. Our Hand Tool Event staff will be available to answer questions and demonstrate our tools.

We’ll also feature a diverse group of guest demonstrators. You'll have the chance to meet a range of independent toolmakers, woodworking schools and organizations, and master woodworkers from around the USA.

Enter our Open House Raffle for your chance to win one of three great Lie-Nielsen tools. Tickets will be available Friday and Saturday during the Open House for $5.00 each. There is no limit on number of entries and there will be six chances to win. Winners will be selected at random the week after the event, and prizes will be shipped for free. Prizes are as follows:

  • 7/8" Bevel Edge Chisel (2 available)
  • No. 102 Low Angle Block Plane (2 available)
  • Honing Guide (2 available)

  • Tree Identification Tours

    We are pleased to have Morten Moesswilde of the Maine Forest Service joining us on Friday, July 7th for guided Tree Identification Tours. A walk in the woods will never be the same, and working with wood is more rewarding when you are familiar with the trees. Learn tricks and techniques for identifying common New England tree species.

    Tool Talks Schedule


    11:00am - Christian Becksvoort: Wood Technology & How It Applies to Furniture Making

    1:00pm - Danielle Rose Byrd: One Woman’s Journey in Woodworking

    3:00pm - Christopher Schwarz: Finishing with Fire: The Japanese Art of Charring Wood to Finish It


    11:00am - Phil Lowe: Fitting a Drawer

    1:00pm - Peter Follansbee: Green Woodworking & the Tools Required

    3:00pm - Peter Galbert: Carving a Chair Seat

    Lobster Bake Dinner

    Saturday, July 8, 2017 • 6PM

    Complete your visit to the Toolworks with a savory meal of fresh, local, Maine lobster! Cost is $35 per person.

    Keynote address to be given by Christopher Schwarz of Lost Art Press!

    Please make your reservations before July 1, 2017.

    Watch a video from last year's Open House:

    Chris Becksvoort - C.H. Becksvoort Furniture Maker

    Christian Becksvoort is a fine furniture maker, teacher, and contributing editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine. With over 40 years of experience, he designs and builds heirloom quality pieces in his shop in New Gloucester, Maine.

    Peter Follansbee - Peter Follansbee, Joiner's Notes

    Peter Follansbee specializes in 17th century period joinery and green woodworking. He spent over 20 years making reproduction furniture at Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In addition to teaching the craft at schools around the USA, Peter co-authored the book, Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to 17th Century Joinery, with Jennie Alexander.

    Learn how to carve unique wooden spoons from fresh-cut hardwoods with Peter at his Sloyd Spoon Carving workshop, the weekend of August 19-20, here at the Toolworks.

    Christopher Schwarz - Lost Art Press

    Christopher Schwarz is the former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, where he worked between 1996 and 2011. He is now a contributing editor to that magazine.

    Megan Fitzpatrick - Popular Woodworking Magazine

    Megan Fitzpatrick is the editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Right now, when she’s not editing and/or building furniture for the magazine, she’s rehabbing a 1906 house in Cincinnati’s historic Northside neighborhood, for which she's replicating miles of trim work using moulding planes, and turning many dozens of spindles.

    Build a classic Six Board Chest and learn fundamental hand tool skills with Megan in her Weekend Workshop, on July 15-16, the weekend after the Open House.

    Peter Galbert - Peter Galbert Chairmaker

    Peter Galbert is a full time green wood chairmaker based out of Sterling, MA. Before he began his career in green wood chairmaking, he built custom cabinetry and furniture as well as museum displays. Peter is also the author of the new Lost Art Press publication, The Chairmaker's Notebook.

    Peter will share his expert knowledge of chair making in his Weekend Workshop where students will build a Three Legged Perch Stool, July 22-23.

    Note: This class is currently full. Please call to be added to the waitlist.

    Matt Bickford - M.S. Bickford

    Matt Bickford is a planemaker in Haddam Neck, CT specializing in moulding planes. Along with contributions to various woodworking magazines, Matt is the author of Mouldings in Practice and is featured in a Lie-Nielsen produced DVD with the same name. Matt has taught the skill of using wooden moulding planes across the country.

    Phil Lowe - The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts

    Philip Lowe is a professional woodworker, teacher, and author from Beverly, Massachusetts. He taught at the North Bennet Street School in Boston for ten years and acted as head of their furniture-making department from 1980-1985. Phil owns and operates a furniture making and restoration shop as well as a school, the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts. He is also a long-time contributing editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine.

    Spend the weekend with Phil at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks learning how to build and fine-tune a drawer for any piece of furniture, in his Build and Fit a Dovetailed Drawer workshop, on August 12-13.

    Tico Vogt - Vogt Toolworks

    Tico Vogt, a cabinetmaker of 25 years, and owner of Vogt Toolworks, develops tools and products for the woodworking shop. The Super Chute 2.0, a high end shooting board, the Micro Sharp Honing Kit, and solid wood edge banding are his current products. Made in New York, USA.

    Isaac Smith - Black Burn Tools

    Blackburn Tools, offers a range of finely crafted dovetail, tenon, sash, and joinery saws made in the 19th century style, as well as saw filing guides and layout tools.

    On May 13-14, Isaac will lead students through a Weekend Workshop on the theories and practice of Saw Sharpening.

    Joshua Klein - Mortise & Tenon: The Magazine

    Joshua A. Klein's inspiration for his craft flows from a love for the blend of artistry and history that makes tradition. Joshua learned how to restore antique furniture at the National Institute of Wood Finishing in Rosemount, MN and, after settling in the Downeast area of Maine, he continued to specialize his skills to focus more on restoration work to preserve the character and patina of antique pieces. As he continues to work on early American furniture, Joshua writes about traditional techniques for Popular Woodworking Magazine, American Period Furniture, and The Art of Manliness in addition to his own blog, The Workbench Diary. He is currently writing his first book with Lost Art Press about Jonathan Fisher, a rural 19th century Maine cabinetmaker. Klein is also the Editor-in-Chief of the annual Mortise & Tenon magazine celebrating the preservation and recreation of historic furniture.

    Gain the confidence to Cut the Cord, once and for all, as Joshua teaches you how to create functional furniture using only hand tools in his June 17-18 Weekend Workshop.

    Freddy Roman - Period Furniture Maker & Restorer

    Furniture maker and restorer Freddy Roman apprenticed under master craftsman Philip C. Lowe at the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts in Beverly, MA. After graduating, Freddy worked for conservation studios and cabinet shops restoring furniture and making built-ins, kitchens, architectural elements, and reproducing museum quality furniture. Freddy has also continued to study in the field of furniture making, restoration, and conservation from today's masters.

    Join Freddy on June 3-4 to Build a Dovetailed School Box, a Weekend Workshop project inspired by Christopher Schwarz and the book, The Joiner and Cabinet Maker by Lost Art Press.

    Marco Tirenzi - Fine Miniatures

    Kenneth Kortemeier - Maine Coast Craft School

    Mason McBrien - Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

    Mason McBrien has served dual roles at the Center for Furniture and Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, as both an instructor and facilities manager since 2011. He still finds time to accept commissions for furniture and wood turning. His work has been published in Fine Woodworking Magazine and in Lark Brooks’ 500 Tables (2009) and 500 Cabinets (2010).

    Scott Meek - Scott Meek Woodworks

    Dan Schwank - Red Rose Reproductions

    Maker and purveyor of woodworking bench tools, which are produced in small batches using time honored techniques and tools. Our emphasis is focused on spill planes, panel raising planes, and various side escapement moulding planes patterned on 18th century designs.

    Matt Cianci - The SawWright

    Matt “The SawWright” Cianci is a professional saw doctor offering sharpening and repair of hand saws old and new. He specializes in saw sharpening and repair for vintage saws and has been doing so since 2010.

    Stim Wilcox - Wilcox Bows

    Stim Wilcox began making bows as a child and returned to his passion several years after graduating college. He has compiled his notes in a book "The Art of Making Selfbows". Stim now owns and runs Wilcox Bows in Machiasport, Maine, where he crafts bows and teaches classes and workshops on the art.

    Rory Wood - Rare Woods-USA

    Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Rory is the owner of Rare Woods, USA. In 1982, he set off on a lifelong quest to supply craftsmen with beautiful woods from all around the world. Located in Mexico, Maine, Rare Woods USA carries over 150 species of wood.

    Kevin Carney- The Apprenticeshop

    Kevin Carney grew up in a large Foreign Service family in Europe and South America. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in design, he traveled to Maine for an internship at the Apprenticeshop. Kevin stayed in Maine after completing his internship, becoming a boat builder in the coastal town of Boothbay. He returned to the Apprenticeshop in 1989 as an instructor, and has seen over 200 boats launched, countless apprentices, interns, and volunteers come through the Shop. Kevin resides on his small farm with his family in Jefferson, Maine.

    Travis Knapp - RareWoods.US

    Travis Knapp of RareWoods.US, sells exotic hardwoods via his ebay store.