Scroll Saw Show Information

Thank you to everyone for making our 2017 show a great success! We are thinking ahead now to the 2018 show which will be held August 3 & 4, 2018 at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds in Dubuque Iowa. Please check back for details!


Friday, August 3 – 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday, August 4 – 9 am to 3:30 pm



We are pleased to announce the 2018 Midwest Scroll Saw and Woodworking Trade Show will be held on Friday, August 3 & Saturday, August 4, 2018!

The event will be held at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds,14569 Old Highway Road, Dubuque, IA, 52002. The show will be hosted by the Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque and Karen Boelman of the Art Factory in Platteville, WI.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for information on Prize Drawings,  Vendor Listings,  Specialty Booth Listings, etc.

Please see the side menu for Information on Classes, Vendor Invitation and Application forms, the Contest, the Friday Evening Dinner, Places to Stay and Veterans Freedom Center Tours.

Important Deadlines:

Dinner RSVP 

Pre-registration for Classes 

(You will be able to sign up – at the show – for any classes that still have openings after the pre-registration has closed.)

There is no pre-registration for the contest. Please bring your projects to the show to enter them. You may print out and fill in the entry forms ahead of time if you like.



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Dubuque is a small city with a population of about 90,000. There is an airport and numerous motels and camping facilities. It is a very scenic area with views of the Mississippi River and rock outcrops created by the stunning bluffs surrounding it. It is the home of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, The Grand River Center, as well as 2 casinos and various art, music and theater venues. For more info on Dubuque, you can go to and for information on what’s happening (arts, music, theater etc.) try

The Midwest Scroll Saw & Woodworking Trade Show is similar to the previous scroll saw trade shows (which were held in Richland Center, Wisconsin) with vendors, door prizes, classes, demonstrations in the Scroll Saw Corral, a display area to showcase your achievements, a contest, and a Friday evening dinner.

The show is dedicated to Dirk Boelman. Anyone who has been involved with scroll sawing knows of Dirk’s passion and dedication to the art of scroll sawing. He was a talented and prolific pattern designer, caring and enthusiastic teacher, and a strong advocate for the positive effects of the hobby on the lives of all involved in it. He was the driving force behind the Midwest Show for many years as well as being a major contributor to making the hobby of scroll sawing a popular and thriving pastime. His infectious enthusiasm and encouragement gave him the ability to bring out the best in everyone he met.

We will provide updates as they become available. We are looking forward to seeing you all at the show.

Thank you!

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Prize Drawings

Each paid entry into the Midwest Scroll Saw & Woodworking Trade Show will include a ticket for all door prize drawings held throughout the 2-day show. These tickets will also enter you into the Grand Prize drawings. You must be present to win prizes. Friday’s Grand Prize Drawing will take place at approximately 4:30 pm and Saturday’s Grand Prize Drawing will take place at approximately 3:30 pm.

  • Friday Grand Prize – to be announced
  • Saturday Grand Prize – to be announced

Vendor Listing for 2017 – these vendors were with us in 2017 and we expect most will be back for 2018, check for future updates as they become available.

We want to take this opportunity to thank our vendors who put forth their time, effort and resources into supporting the Midwest Scroll Saw & Woodworking Trade Show. Many of our vendors have been with us for years and have helped build the exceptional reputation that this show enjoys. Others are new this year and we are excited to welcome them to our show and hope they will become repeat vendors as well. Please stop by the vendor booths and thank them for coming to the show and for their generosity in providing door prizes!

  • PS Wood Machines
    PS Wood 21″ Scrollsaw, Timber Wolf band saw blades, SUPER SHARP scroll saw blades, Garnet Hall and Kathy Wise intarsia patterns, new John Nelson patterns, blade racks and tubes, and more!
  • Scrollers Choice Magazine
    This will be your chance to see what the new magazine is all about! They will be bringing their summer edition of the magazine along with intarsia owl patterns from the UK, information on intarsia patterns by Bruce Worthington and literature on pattern making software from Carving Technologies.
  • Garnet Hall Intarsia
    Garnet has over 200 original Intarsia patterns. His full-size patterns are printed on top quality rag vellum for durability and ease of use. Come and see his wide variety of fun and challenging Intarsia patterns for all skill levels. Garnet lives in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada so take advantage of this rare opportunity to be able to meet and talk to him in person!
  • The Art Factory
    A wide variety of artistic scroll saw patterns by Dirk Boelman – appropriate for any level of experience, scroll saw blades, clock parts, and other supplies.
  • SEYCO “The Scroll Saw Specialists”
    NEW Seyco Scroll Saw and accessories, JET scroll saw, JET lathe, Seyco sanding accessories and dust collection items, Seyco Scrollers Drill, and more.  Seyco is pleased to announce that Steve Good will be their special guest in their booth at the show! Many of you may know Steve from his Scrollsaw Workshop blog. The goal of his blog is to “help grow the scroll community by making information and content available to anyone interested in a fun and creative hobby.”  This will be a perfect opportunity to meet Steve in person be sure to stop in and say “hello!”
  • Parsons Wood Artistry
    Will be selling woodcarving and pyrography (woodburning) artwork, pyrography equipment – including wood burners, fans, rotating easels, supplies, pattern & instructional books, and t-shirts. Michele Parsons will also be teaching a pyrography class on both Friday & Saturday mornings (check the class schedule and registration forms for more details.)
  • One Of A Kind
    Offering scroll saw wood in various sizes and thicknesses, including Aromatic Cedar, Magnolia, Ash, Sassafras. Aspen and Cherry and Exotics. They will also be bringing cedar log jewelry boxes and wooden cutouts.
  • Peterson’s Custom Lumber
    Great deals on thin sanded scroll saw lumber,  hard to find slab wood and pen blanks.
  • RJR Studios
    www.rjrstudio .com
    Sand -Flee portable drum sander, sand paper, sanding mops and more.
  • Rockler
    Woodworking tools, plans, finishing, and hardware. They will offer FREE shipping on anything ordered from their catalog at the Midwest Trade Show.
  • Johnson Wood Products
    This company has an amazing line of beautiful wood products! Turning blanks, carving blanks, burls, knife handle blanks, gun stock blanks and bowl stock. Check out their website and let them know if you would like them to bring something specific for you!

    Specialty Booths

    • The Breezy Ridge Quilt Of Valor Quilters will have an information booth to explain what they are doing for our Veterans. They will set up sewing machines so visitors to their booth can sew a quilt block or a presentation case (pillow case). They will demonstrate how to do the quilt blocks and cases and will also have kits available with fabric cut & ready to sew. There is no cost to sew but donations to this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated and donation jars will be available. Everything sewn at the show will stay with Quilts Of Valor but patterns for the blocks & cases will be provided if people want to take them home to make their own.
    • Rockler Scrollers -Milwaukee, WI will be distributing information about their scroll saw club and other Rockler clubs and Rockler products.
    • The Veterans Freedom Center of Dubuque, IA is a place for all Veterans to gather and do scroll sawing, pen turning, crafts and other activities at no cost to the Veteran. They hold scroll saw classes with the help of The Art Factory and also teach Veterans how to make pens. Visit the Veterans Freedom Booth to learn more about what this great organization offers to Veterans. Also, be sure to stop at The Veterans Freedom Center on Thursday evening to tour the newly remodeled facility. (See more information about the tours on the side menu.)
    • Wood Carving – The Bear Creek Carvers of Dyersville, IA will offer ongoing demonstrations on wood carving throughout both days of the show. Plus they will have a display of their creations to inspire your creativity.

Display Tables

We will be providing tables for anyone to display their woodworking projects. So bring some of your favorites with you to display for all to see! We hope to have a variety of kinds of woodworking – so bring your Fretwork, Intarsia, Carving, Turning, Wood-burning, Chain Saw Carving, etc. Space will be limited so be prepared to share a table with others.

Scroll Saw Corral

Volunteers from the Veterans Freedom Center will be on hand in the Scroll Saw Corral to help you get started at scroll sawing. They will answer your questions, offer helpful advice, and show you techniques that will make scroll sawing easier. Kids are welcome here with an adult to accompany them. The Vets will have cars set up for the kids to saw and paint and then take home with them. Someone can help you through the process of making a project and then you can take it home with you when you are finished.

Pen Turning Center

The Veterans Freedom Center will provide ongoing demonstrations and a “make & take” opportunity. For a $10 donation, someone will walk you through the process of turning your very own pen – which you can take home with you when you are done

Midwsest Scroll Saw & Woodworking Trade Show 2016 T-Shirt