Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Annual Open House
This event is free and open to the public — all are welcome!
July 12-13 • Friday & Saturday • 9AM to 5PM
264 Stirling Road • Warren, Maine • 04864
Saturday, July 13, 2019 • 6PM
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 5, 2019.
Due to unfortunate circumstances, Thomas Moser was unable to speak at the 2018 Open House. We are excited to have him join us this year for the 2019 Keynote Address.
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.
This year's Tool Talks are hosted by:
- Anne Briggs
- Deneb Puchalski
- Jeff Miller
- Mary May
- Peter Galbert
- Peter Follansbee
Check back for the full schedule and Tool Talk titles soon!
Tree Identification Tours:
The Maine Forest Service will lead guided Tree Identification Tours on Friday. Tours will leave from the showroom at 10:00AM and 12:00PM. Learn tricks and techniques for identifying common New England tree species.
Watch a video from our 2017 Open House:
Terry Gordon - H.N.T. Gordon & Co.
HNT Gordon and Co. Classic Plane Makers Australia was established by Terry Gordon in 1995. After living in Malaysia for 3 years with the Air Force, he began to meet the locals and observed them using their planes with balance and ease to produce a tear out free surface. Studying old tools and experimental work was conducted on blade angles to determine what worked best on Aussie hard woods. It was found that a blade pitch of 55 – 60 degrees works best on hard and curly grain and by reversing the blade to bevel up an angle of 85 – 90 degrees forms a scraper plane to tackle those woods you can’t plane. This high blade pitch was not being produced by any manufacturers at the time, which is what made their planes unique when they came on the market. They are now a team of five who manufacture over 50 types of hand planes and vices for beginners to experienced hobbyists and professionals.
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. His book, Shaker Inspiration was published in 2018 by Lost Art Press.
Peter Follansbee - 17th Century Joined Furniture & Green Woodwork
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. He is also featured in several Lie-Nielsen Videos.
Build beautiful Shrink Pots—the parlor trick of green woodworking—with Peter at his Green Wood Skills: Shrink Pots Weekend Workshop on September 7-8. He'll cover everything from boring the cylinder and fitting the bottom, to decorating the surface with chip carving, relief carving, and paint.
Peter Galbert - Peter Galbert Chairmaker
Peter Galbert is a full time chairmaker, toolmaker, teacher and writer. He has taught at craft schools around the country. Besides making chairs and teaching, Peter also writes the Chairnotes blog and produces the Galbert Caliper as well as other woodworking tools. Peter is the author of The Chairmaker's Notebook and is featured in the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks video A Green Woodworking Primer: Making a Firewood Carrier.
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.
Join Phil at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks to learn how to build and fine-tune a drawer for any piece of furniture—particularly the all too common situation of fitting a slightly imperfect drawer into a slightly imperfect opening—in his Build and Fit a Dovetailed Drawer Workshop, on August 3-4.
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.
Mary May - Mary May's School of Traditional Woodcarving
Mary May is a European trained professional woodcarver from Charleston, SC. She specializes in traditional woodcarving that focuses on antique restoration, architectural and furniture decorations. Mary teaches woodcarving at a variety of woodworking schools throughout the US and Europe and also has an online video woodcarving school: www.marymaycarving.com. She has been a guest on The Woodwright's Shop 4 times, and has recently completed her first book published through Lost Art Press, Carving the Acanthus Leaf and is featured in several Lie-Nielsen Videos.
Jeff Miller - J. Miller Handcrafted Furniture
Jeff Miller is a furniture designer, craftsman, teacher and author of woodworking books and articles. Jeff's furniture has been shown in galleries and shows nationwide and has won numerous awards. His furniture is in the Decorative Arts Collection of the Chicago History Museum. The shop is setup in an old post office building and is spacious and well equipped.
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.
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.
Megan will be back with us July 20-21 for her Four Hand Corner Tool Joints Weekend Workshop. Learn how to create four of the most common joints for hand-tool woodworkers: a simple rabbeted and nailed joint, a finger joint nailed with decorative iron, through dovetails and half-blind dovetails.
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.
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.
Want to learn more about using traditional Molding Planes? Sign up for Matt's Weekend Workshop Making Moldings With Paired Planes, on July 27-28. Matt will guide you through the process for creating various moldings with these extraordinarily versatile planes—from simple coves and ovolos through ogees, cymas and various combinations.
Clint Chase - Chase Small Craft
The mission of Chase Small Craft is to design and build the finest small craft in the world while helping people build their own boats and transform their lives. They offer beautiful boat kits on their website, ready to build. Clint also teaches a number of workshops and courses at Compass Project, Engine, and the WoodenBoat School.
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.
Mateo Panzica - The Lazarus Handplane Co.
Mateo Panzica of the Lazarus Handplane Co. is a toolmaker in Louisville, KY. His planes and slicks are made entirely by himself, blades and all. His diverse past endevors include time spent working in bronze casting, making furniture, doing high end furniture conservation at the Chicago Conservation Center, and building timber frame structures in Southern Appalachia.
Fine Woodworking Magazine is celebrating more than 40 years of furthering the art and craft of woodworking and of fostering a community of dedicated woodworkers. Every issue shares inspiration and time-tested learning on topics such as furniture fundamentals, joinery, finishing, workshop layout, and more. Plus, you’ll find honest product reviews of woodworking tools, woodturning tools, power tools, hand planes, jointers, planers, biscuit joiners, routers, table saw jigs, and more in our tool guide. We feature tasteful plans & projects, including furniture plans, woodturning projects and techniques, workshop plans, and more. Fine Woodworking covers current and classic skills you’ll want to learn.
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.
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.
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.
McKay Biggar - Day's Hardwood
Days Hardwood is a small locally owned lumber seller easily accessed from exit 22 on I-295 in Freeport, ME. We stock kiln dried domestic hardwoods, live edge slabs, local softwoods, and unique and unusual items. If you are having trouble sourcing something, try us. We can often find hard to find things.
Steve Branam - Close Grain School of Woodworking
Steve is a software engineer, author and woodworking "hobbyist" in central Massachusetts. He documents his process to share knowledge and experience on his blog, Close Grain. His first book, "Hand Tool Basics", published by Popular Woodworking Books, covers woodworking with hand tools for people interested in doing everything with hand tools, or augmenting their power tool woodworking with hand tool techniques.
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.
Tree Identification Tours - Maine Forest Service
Morten Moesswilde of the Maine Forest Service will lead guided Tree Identification Tours on Friday morning. Tours will leave from the showroom at 10:00am and 12:00pm. Learn tricks and techniques for identifying common New England tree species.
The Maine Forest Service was established in 1891 to ensure Maine’s citizens the greatest economic and social benefits from trees and forestlands of the State.