Scroll Saw Show Information

Midwest Scroll Saw & Woodworking Trade Sh


SATURDAY AUGUST 20, 2016 9 AM TO 3:30 PM

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Midwest Scroll Saw and Woodworking Trade Show will be held on Friday, August 19 & Saturday, August 20, 2016!

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 of Dubuque and Karen Boelman of the Art Factory in Platteville, WI.

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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 Trade Show will be similar to previous 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, and a contest. We are also planning 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.

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 – 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 – to be announced

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. 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

  • 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
    www.rjrstudio .com
    Sand -Flee portable drum sander, sand paper, sanding mops and more.
  • Hawk Woodworking Tools
    Hawk scroll saws, planers, Routershop, Panelmaster, Jointability, and more.
  • Ocooch Hardwoods
    Scroll saw ready hardwoods. 1/8″ to 3/4″ thick and 4″ to 12″ wide. Carving stock, turning blanks, intarsia lumber, and plywood.

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.
  • 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