Chris Schwarz, Highland Woodworking, Lie-Nielsen, Modern Woodworkers Association, Scott Meek
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Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at Highland Woodworking

Highland Woodworking in Atlanta, Georgia - site of the Lie Nielsen Hand Tool Event.

Highland Woodworking in Atlanta, Georgia – site of the Lie Nielsen Hand Tool Event.

What a day. I spent the better part of Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia at Highland Woodworking, location for one of Lie-Nielsen’s Hand Tool Events. I have wanted to attend one of these shows for quite some time; I have seen videos and photos from various Lie-Nielsen events across North America, but never at a location and time which worked for me. When I saw Lie-Nielsen’s announcement for the Atlanta event, I made a point to be there. And since I own a LN #4 smoother and a #60 1/2 R block plane, I really wanted to go. By the way, I used my cell phone to take these photos – they are a little fuzzy…

Inside Highland Woodworking: crowded.

Inside Highland Woodworking: crowded.

I had received a message that the MWA Atlanta group was going to meet there at 10:00 a.m. When I arrived it was already crowded. One reason: the appearance by Chris Schwarz.

Chris Schwarz of Lost Art Press demonstrating his portable workbench.

Chris Schwarz of Lost Art Press demonstrating his portable workbench.

Chris showed off his Dutch Tool Chest which was loaded with tools.

Chris showed off his Dutch Tool Chest which was loaded with tools.

Chris speaks with Scott Meek.

Chris speaks with Scott Meek.

One big hand plane.

One big hand plane.

I spent a lot of time talking with Scott Meek of Scott Meek Woodworks. Scott makes premium wooden body hand planes in the Krenov style. The monstrous plane shown above is his three foot jointer, beautiful, big and so easy to work, a child could use it – two did just that while I was there.

And then there were Lie-Nielsen tools…

I often heard, "who wants to try this plane?"

I often heard, “who wants to try this plane?”

Yum.

Yum.

There were big planes.

There were big planes.

And little ones.

And little ones.

Hand saws (they had a large selection of chisels, but I failed to get of photo of them).

I want these.

Tools were constantly being demonstrated.

Tools were constantly being demonstrated.

Charles Brock interviews Curtis Turner

Charles Brock interviews Curtis Turner.

Chris Adkins of Modern Woodworkers Association gets his turn with Charles Brock.

Chris Adkins of Modern Woodworkers Association gets his turn with Charles Brock.

The Modern Woodworkers went out for lunch and then it was back to Highland Woodworking for some last minute shopping before I embarked on the three hour drive back home (I met others who had come from afar: one woodworker from Cullman, Alabama who wore a University of Alabama hat – awesome, and one gentleman from Tennessee).

This was a blast. For a moment in time, a lot of the internet stuff I have seen and read was right in front of me: Chris Schwarz and items seen on his blog, Scott Meek’s hand planes, Charles Brock, profile pictures seen on Twitter feeds, and so many handsome LN tools; too much fun.

There is a woodworking club in my home town, but I don’t participate (I should though). The friendships I have developed online make MWA a stronger connection. If you have the opportunity to attend a Lie-Nielsen Tool Event or join MWA, you should do it, just sayin’.

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11 Comments

  1. That jointer plane was beautiful. I’m really interested in trying to make one myself. How was Highland Woodworking? I hear it is something of a Mecca for woodworkers. I’ve ordered something from them but I’ve never been there. The shame of it is that 20 years ago I was stationed in Georgia at Augusta and could have visited. At the same time, at that point I had never considered woodworking as a hobby.

    • Bill, Scott has launched an on-line school for making hand planes. Not sure if the jointer shown is being taught, but it would be fun to participate in his classes.

  2. Jane Branch Bell says

    You make me want a hand plane! Looks like a good time and love the photos.

    • Jane – you may want to look for hand planes as you go through estate sales. They are very collectible. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Those events are fun. And you are whetting my appetite (stealth gloat alert) for the LN 51 that should be arriving in the shop on Monday!

    • David, I have been envious too, seeing photos of other LN events. It was fun and informative, but almost too many hand tools if that is possible. 🙂 I will make it a point to do this event from now on.

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