Woodworking With An Accent European Woodworking Show
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The Wheat barn at Cressing Temple - a 13th-century timber-framed barn in Essex, England; site of the European Woodworking Show.If you know me, you know I'm an Anglophile.Heck - even if you don't know me but have read more than a couple of my blog posts, you probably know that.
So naturally, I've been wanting for years to attend the European Woodworking Show, organized by Classic Hand Tools, in England.This year, my schedule and my budget finally aligned, so I flew over for the September 15-16 show at the Cressing Temple Barns in Essex (about 60 miles northeast of London).
And I'm glad I did, because it was, according to Mike Hancock, owner of Classic Hand Tools, likely to be the last EWS (though he and his team may put on some smaller shows in the future).It was a lot like attending Woodworking in America or Handworks, but in (much) older buildings and with different accents - plus easy access to scones, clotted cream, and plenty of hot tea.
(Why yes, that is what heaven looks like to me!) The venue was stunning.The timber-framed barns (of which two remain standing) were built by the Knights Templar in the...