Next May a bunch of modern hand tool makers are getting together in a restored dairy barn right in the middle of the communal village of Amana, Iowa.
This event has been in the making for a few years, and we're excited to be one of the exhibitors. Basically, it's a couple days for all us hand tool enthusiasts (makers and users alike) to get together and talk tools with each other, learn about the maker's wares, enjoy each other's company, get inspired, and, oh yeah, sell and buy some tools! Anyone and everyone is invited, and admission is free. To boot, there are some phenomenal door prizes being given away.
Amana is actually the name of several tiny villages scattered over about a 5 mile swath of Iowa countryside. Amana was established in the 19th century by German immigrants after they came from the old country in search of a place to settle their utopian society. The society actually still exists, albeit in a more tourist-friendly format. In other words, all the old-world crafts are still practiced in the various villages. And there are furniture shops still in business, plus a broom shop, brewery (excellent craft beer!), smokehouse, blacksmith shop, laceworks, and a world-class woolen mill. Follow the Amana Colonies link at the Handworks website for more.
Handworks takes place on May 24-25. There's lots to do in Amana after Handworks, to take advantage of the holiday weekend. Antiquing, museums, functioning craft shops, restaurants, and wineries. Consider bringing your significant other and family to make the best out of the weekend.
Hope to see you there!