2018 Annual Open House & Lobster Bake

with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

July 13 - 14 , 2018

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Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Annual Open House

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

July 13-14 • Friday & Saturday • 9AM to 5PM

264 Stirling Road • Warren, Maine • 04864

Lobster Bake Dinner

Saturday, July 14, 2018 • 6PM

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Complete your visit to the Toolworks with a savory meal of fresh, local, Maine lobster! Cost is $45 per person.

Keynote address to be given by Thomas Moser!

Non-shellfish options available. Please make your reservations before July 6, 2018.

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:

  • Bevel Edge Socket Chisel (2 available)
  • No. 102 Low Angle Block Plane (2 available)
  • Honing Guide (2 available)
  • Tool Talks Schedule


    11:00AM - Bob Van Dyke: Federal Style Inlay: Shaded Fan

    1:00PM - Deneb Puchalski: Intro to Hand Tools

    3:00PM - Tim Rousseau: Multi-Purpose Shooting Board


    11:00AM - Phil Lowe: Memorable Conservation Work

    1:00PM - Megan Fitzpatrick: Woodworking, Social Media & You

    3:00PM - Peter Follansbee: Green Woodworking

    Tree Identification Tours

    The Maine Forest Service will lead guided Tree Identification Tours on Friday and Saturday. Tours will leave from the showroom at 12:00PM and 2:00PM. Learn tricks and techniques for identifying common New England tree species.

    Watch a video from our 2017 Open House:

    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 July 21-22, here at the Toolworks.

    Bob Van Dyke - Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking

    Director of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. He continually strives to expand his skills and knowledge by working on a variety of commission furniture pieces and new projects for upcoming classes. He has been featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine and Woodshop News.

    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 July 7-8.

    Tim Rousseau - Furniture Maker, Teacher

    Timothy Rousseau lives in midcoast Maine with his wife and three sons. He divides his time between making furniture at his home shop and teaching furniture making at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport. His work has been shown in galleries throughout the Northeast, and is included in private collections nationwide. Rousseau’s style is a blend of traditional and modern forms, with a high emphasis on craftsmanship. He intends his furniture to be used in everyday living.

    John Hoffman - Lost Art Press

    Founded in 2007, Lost Art Press is a small Midwestern publishing company that seeks to help the modern woodworker learn traditional hand-tool skills.

    Chris Vesper - Vesper Tools

    Celebrating 20 years of making and selling tools in 2018, Chris Vesper will be traveling from Melbourne, Australia to exhibit his world renowned hand tools. The flagship products of Sliding Bevels and Try Squares and the Precision Double Square will all be present and on display for you to touch and talk to the maker about directly.

    Joshua Klein - Mortise & Tenon Magazine

    Mortise & Tenon Magazine is a biannual print publication celebrating the preservation, research, and recreation of historic furniture. The passion to marry scholarship with historic craft practice imbues the magazine with a unique voice in the world of woodworking media.

    Learn the skills to build a small pine worktable with hand tools as a pre-industrial woodworking introduction in Joshua's Build a Table with Handtools Weekend Workshop June 16-17.

    Danielle Rose Byrd - Woodworker

    Maine native Danielle Rose Byrd carved her first spoon during her time at College of the Atlantic, and quickly became enamored with hand tools and green woodworking. After attending the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 2014 she started her own business selling hand-crafted carved wooden spoons, carved bowls, and furniture. Her work was featured in Downeast Magazine's "Best of Maine 2012" and has been shown in galleries throughout the state.

    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.

    Megan Fitzpatrick - Rude Mechanicals Press

    Megan Fitzpatrick is a former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, and is now a freelance woodworking writer, editor and teacher. When she’s not building furniture or reading and writing about woodworking, you’ll likely find her involved in a house renovation project on her 1906 Cincinnati four square.

    Learn how to lay out dovetails with dividers and cut the joints by hand as you build a classic Shaker dining room tray with Megan in her Dovetailed Silverware Tray Weekend Workshop, on September 8-9.

    Tim Manney - Chairmaker

    Tim, who began carving spoons while in college in North Carolina, apprenticed with chairmaker Curtis Buchanan in Tennessee, and collaborates with Peter Galbert of Massachusetts on Windsor-related tools. His current shop is in a large old mill building in Brunswick, Maine.

    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 June 9-10, Isaac will lead students through a Weekend Workshop on the theories and practice of Saw Sharpening.

    Dan Schwank - Red Rose Reproductions

    Red Rose Reproductions' primary focus is reproducing 18th century tools including various side escapement planes, spill planes, and panel raising planes, along with other hand tools. We offer beech billets and tapered irons for those wishing to build their own planes. We also offer wood vice screws of various sizes from Acer-Ferrous Toolworks.

    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.

    Nate Chambers - Chambers Woodcraft

    Nate Chambers is a bowl turner, spoon carver, and teacher based in Asheville, NC. Influenced and inspired by the Scandinavian style, aesthetic, and philosophy, Nate has spent the past three years focused exclusively on "green" woodworking.

    Charles Shackleton - Shackleton Thomas Furniture

    Comprised of Charles Shackleton Furniture and Miranda Thomas Pottery, ShackletonThomas is a Vermont based company located in a 180-year-old mill that specializes in making fine handmade furniture, pottery, and accessories. In an age where speed is prized over quality and character, where age-old artistic and craft traditions have been compromised by mass automation, ShackletonThomas has remained true to its roots — authenticity of product and process. We are one of the few remaining companies of our size in the United States that still manufactures products piece by piece using extensive handwork.

    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).

    Marco Terenzi - Fine Miniatures

    Collectible miniature woodworking hand tools made with incredible detail.

    Tom McLaughlin - Epic Woodworking

    Furniture Maker Tom McLaughlin learned woodworking as an apprentice of Master Craftsman P.A. “Pug” Moore 28 years ago and has been a career custom furniture maker ever since. As a 20-year member of the NH Furniture Masters Tom has found that connection to be a strong source of professional development, but his first love is to teach. For over a decade, alongside his furniture projects, Tom has hosted classes at his shop in Canterbury, NH. He loves to reproduce for others something of the experience he had with Mr. Moore. Visit Epic Woodworking to see Tom’s work and learn about class opportunities.

    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.

    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.

    Steve Branam - Close Grain School of Woodworking

    Software engineer by day, woodworking hobbyist by night, working primarily with hand tools. Steve Branam is the creator of the "Intro To Hand Tools" video course and published "Hand Tool Basics: Woodworking Tools and How to Use Them" in 2017.

    Bob Putnam - Rare Woods-USA

    Located in Mexico, Maine, Rare Woods USA carries over 150 species of wood.

    Mike Mascelli - Upholsterer

    With 40+ years experience, specializing in traditional hand-sewn upholstery for period and reproduction pieces, and upholstery conservation. Mike teaches others the craft with upholstery classes offered at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Franklin IN, the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in Manchester, CT, and at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME.

    Paul Peters - Acer-Ferrous Toolworks

    Acer-Ferrous Toolworks is a manufacturer of quality wooden screws, located in central Pennsylvania. They offer leg vise screws, Moxon vise kits, and adjustable stool kits, all made out of locally sourced hard maple. All Acer-Ferrous products are available for purchase from www.redrosereproductions.com.

    Wes Sunderland (President) - The Guild of Maine Woodworkers

    Woodworkers of all skill and experience levels, from beginners to professionals, are invited to meet and share their knowledge and skills with each other.

    Maine Forest Service - Local Wood Works

    Morten Moesswilde of the Maine Forest Service will lead guided Tree Identification Tours on Friday and Saturday. Tours will leave from the showroom at 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Learn tricks and techniques for identifying common New England tree species.

    Members of the Forest Service will also be representing Local Wood Works, an organization committed to sustainable forestry, strong and resilient local economies, conservation of both working woodlands and ecological reserves, reduced energy consumption and transportation costs based on local products, and providing support to landowners, loggers, processors, manufacturers, and consumers.

    Travis Knapp - RareWoods.US

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