Midwest Scroll Saw & Woodworking Trade Sh
GOOD NEWS! For those who attended the 2016 Trade Show but didn’t have time to pick up a t-shirt (or anyone else who would like one), we still have some available! We have sizes medium and XXL. Shirts are stonewash blue with dark blue print. Cost is $15 with FREE shipping. Contact The Art Factory to purchase (608) 348-8332.
STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS ON THE 2017 MIDWEST SCROLL SAW AND WOODWORKING TRADE SHOW
We are pleased to announce the 2017 Midwest Scroll Saw and Woodworking Trade Show will be held on Friday, August 18 & Saturday, August 19, 2017!
The event will be held in the Grand Ball Room 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, 2016 Vendor Listings, 2016 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.
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 traveldubuque.com and for information on what’s happening (arts, music, theater etc.) try dubuque365.com.
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 on August 19 & 20, 2016.
Prize Drawings – 2016
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.
This year we have done something a little different with the door prizes. Our participating companies have really stepped up their game! We have several very nice prizes to be given away both days of the show. Prizes will include the following: Four collections of The Creative Versatool woodburning tool, a set of Alphabet Hot Stamps and a medium Basswood Plank (from Walnut Hollow), The Bishop Clamping System – perfect for assembling intarsia pieces or any project which you need to clamp from several angles simultaneously (from Hawk Woodworking Tools), a Scrollers Drill Press for precise 90 degree drilling accuracy (from Seyco), many Scroll Saw and Intarsia Patterns from various artists, Scroll Saw Blades, Wood packages, Magazines, Books and more! Plus the grand prizes which will be given away at the end of the day on Friday and Saturday.
- Friday Grand Prize – Rockler Carbide Pen Turning Tool 3 pc. set.
At only 9-1/2″ long, these tools are the perfect size for turning pens, bottle stoppers and other small items. Carbide cutters can be easily rotated to expose a fresh edge. The set includes one high-speed steel 1/8″ parting tool, and two tools with replaceable carbide cutters: a 1/2″ round cutter and a 1/2″ square cutter with a 2″ radius that produces an exceptionally smooth finish cut. Handles are solid ash encased in thick, molded rubber for excellent ergonomics and a sure grip.
Thank you to Rockler Woodworking and Hardware of Milwaukee, WI for providing Friday’s Grand Prize!
- Saturday Grand Prize – Sand-Flee 9″ Portable Drum Sander
A unique patented, bench top, woodworking machine that makes sanding easy. It comes with a 24″ Aluminum T-Track Fence. This machine makes it easy to sand even delicate scroll saw fretwork pieces. It also features a power takeoff shaft which extends from the side of the cabinet. An optional keyless chuck can be added later if you wish, so sanding mops can be used for irregularly shaped moldings, bowls, carvings, intarsia pieces, etc.Thank you to Bob Raffo of R.J.R. Studios for providing Saturday’s Grand Prize!
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. They will have small “make & take” items such as puzzles, Christmas ornaments, etc. 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 on-going 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!
Vendor Listing – 2016
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 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.
- 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.
- Peterson’s Custom Lumber
Great deals on thin sanded scroll saw lumber, hard to find slab wood and pen blanks.
- Wilckens Woodworking
Gorgeous fretwork scroll saw patterns for all skill levels. Clocks, boxes,shelves & more.
- One Of A Kind
Offering beautiful Cedar and Magnolia wood. They will also be bringing Scroll Saw and Woodcarvers magazines and wooden cutouts.
- SEYCO “The Scroll Saw Specialists”
Excalibur scroll saws, Seyco “Flex Drum” sander, See Thru Sander Disc, Seyco Scrollers Drill, and more.
- RJR Studios
Sand -Flee portable drum sander, sand paper, sanding mops 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.
- Hawk Woodworking Tools
Hawk scroll saws, planers, Routershop, Panelmaster, Jointability, and more.
- Drillnado LLC
“We are excited to introduce our new dust collection accessory for the scroll saw for the first time at the Trade Show!” They will also have their dust collection accessories for the drill press and mortiser.
Specialty Booths – 2016
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 on-going demonstrations on wood carving throughout both days of the show. Plus they will have a display of their creations to inspire your creativity.
Wood Turning – Lyndal Anthony of Dubuque, IA will demonstrate the art of wood turning during the show. He will be displaying some of the awesome creations he has made on his turning lathes. You can see his work at www.anthonytools.com