After a year off the European Woodworking Show returns to the beautiful Cressing Temple Barns on the 12th & 13th of next month. We’re not showing this time round but will be going there on the Saturday to see things from the other side; for us this will be a day out as part of a long awaited short break that we’re taking.
The vistor experience is always well considered at the EWS, and everything from the setting, catering and ongoing demos & activities ensures that the family will be well occupied while you slip off to ogle the tools. This is a fantastic craft show, with carving, basket weaving, heavy horses, blacksmithing etc … the list goes on. But if it’s hand tools that you’re in to, then this is what it’s all about. The EWS is hosted by Classic Hand Tools and it is the only event in the country to put fine hand tools and their makers at it’s heart. Mike Hancock and his team do a wonderful job at attracting makers not only from the UK but worldwide, and this year sees more travelling in than ever.
In addition to the many returning makers there’ll be:
New makers from the UK;
- Oliver Sparks – Hand planes
- Skelton Saws – Hand saws
New to the show from abroad;
- Ron Hock – Hock Tools, USA
- Dave Jeske – Blue Spruce, USA
- Chris Vesper – Vesper Tools, Australia
And many more… [/column]
The thing I’ve noted about tool maker over the years is that they’re all really weird, I mean a remarkably friendly and inviting bunch. Don’t just visit because you’re looking to buy, visit because if you’re going to admire a tool or learn something about the craft then there’s no better way to hear it than from these people.