For the third time, join modern woodworking hand tool makers and fellow enthusiasts for a weekend immersion in all things handwork. Unplug from the world of machines, dust and noise while listening to the crisp sounds of the hand plane, chisel and saw in a restored timber-frame dairy barn in the traditional, historic German village of Amana.

Ask the makers about their tools and learn first hand how hand tools make woodworking more precise, easier, more enjoyable, and more meaningful.


Roy Underhill

saturday @ 10am

"Saw Like a Butterfly - Plane Like a Bee!"

From learning the light touch of the saw, to mastering the beeline shot of the plane, wise words will always guide our way to better work. Join Roy Underhill on Saturday morning for a marveling at the gift of handworks, a celebration of the most excellent edge, and of the treasures of woodworking advice as simple and sharp as your best chisel!

Ticket not required. First come first serve. Barn doors open at 9am. We ask that no commerce take place before or during the presentation.


Located in the center of the National Historic Landmark Amana colonies, Handworks is being held in the Festhalle Barn, Furniture Shop, Millwright Shop, Blacksmith Shop, and Greenwood Barn right in the middle of Main Amana.

This year handworks is hosting over 50 craftsmen spread across five venues.

festhalle barn

furniture shop

Millwright shop

Blacksmith shop

Greenwood barn


Venture off on foot into surrounding old-world furniture shops, traditional woolen mill, laceworks, smokehouse, and brewery. Have lunch at one of many traditional German restaurants, or hop in the car and visit six other villages replete with history and pre-industrial charm.

There are plenty of bed and breakfast options in the Amanas, in old German homesteads, as well as smaller hotels and inns.

A 30 minute drive gets you to Cedar Rapids, Iowa's second largest city, with lots of lodging options. A 20 minute drive gets you to Iowa City/Coralville, a college town with lots of good food options plus unique shops in the downtown pedestrian mall.


The closest airport to Amana is the Eastern Iowa Airport (Cedar Rapids). It's about 15 minutes from Amana by car through the Iowa countryside. There are daily flights between Chicago and the EIA.

The next closest option is Des Moines, IA, about 1.5 hours by car to Amana.

Finally, you can fly into Chicago's O'Hare, which is about 3.5 hours by car to Amana. O'hare is in the western suburbs of Chicago, and traffic west of the airport is usually not an issue. It's an easy drive.


Handworks is a gathering of like-minded hand tool makers for the purpose of promoting the beauty of hand woodworking and the tools that go along with it. As such there is no attendance fee.

Handworks doesn't make any money on this event.

Please consider a donation to Handworks to help us cover expenses, and promote repeat events. Your donation at the door is much appreciated.

door prizes

Several companies have donated prizes that will be given away during the event. To qualify for a door prize you must register. There is no cost to register.
See below for details.

To qualify for a door prize you MUST register in advance for Handworks. You won't be able to register at the event. Simply fill out the form below, in it's entirety, to register. Don't worry, we won't share your contact info with anyone. Each attendee must register separately to qualify.

If you register, and then cannot attend, we ask that you kindly let us know by sending us a follow-up email (register@handworks.co). Likewise, please register ONLY if you know you'll be attending.

To win a door prize, you MUST be present at Handworks. No prizes will be awarded in absentee, or handed over to another party.

Each individual company's item equals one single prize, even if the individual prize contains multiple items (e.g.: a chisel set would equal one prize).

Winners will be chosen at random and announced publicly by name Saturday following Roy's presentation. If you happen to be away from the Festhalle barn at the time of the event, we'll have a board listing the names of the winners.

Winners can claim their prize at the respective company's booth. Handworks is not responsible for prizes.

Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited, or dealt with at each company's discretion.