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Midwest Scroll Saw & Woodworking Trade Show


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 – to be announced
  • 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

  • Hawk Woodworking Tools
    Hawk scroll saws, planers, Routershop, Panelmaster, Jointability, and more.
  • Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Magazine
    Scroll saw, intarsia, and woodworking magazine. Woodworking pattern books also available.
  • SEYCO “The Scroll Saw Specialists”
    Excalibur scroll saws, Seyco “Flex Drum” sander, See Thru Sander Disc, Seyco Scrollers Drill, and more.
  • The Art Factory
    Artistic scroll saw patterns by Dirk Boelman – appropriate for any level of experience, scroll saw blades, clock parts, and other supplies.
  • Wilckens Woodworking
    Gorgeous scroll saw patterns for all skill levels.
  • 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.
  • PS Wood Machines
    PS Wood Scrollsaw, Timber Wolf band saw blades, SUPER SHARP scroll saw blades, Garnet Hall and Kathy Wise intarsia patterns, blade racks and tubes, and more.
  • Peterson’s Custom Lumber
    Great deals on scroll lumber, Basswood wood turning blanks, extra wide lumber, and slabs.
  • RJR Studios
    www.rjrstudio .com
    Sand -Flee portable drum sander, sand paper, sanding mops and more.

Specialty Booths

  • 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
  • SAW – Scroll Saw Association of the World – Representatives of SAW will be on hand to give information about this scroller’s group and answer any questions you may have. Be sure to stop in and see what SAW is all about and what they have to offer for you!