2023 PenMakers International Chicagoland MPG
April 21 and 22, 2023 - Symposium - Hoffman Estates Illinois

Key Dates

Shirt Orders End
March 31, 2023

Personalized Mug Orders End
March 31, 2023

Meal Orders End
March 31, 2023

Online Registration Ends
April 20, 2023

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Those who have "been around" long enough will remember Cozee (Greg Cozad) starting the Midwest Penturners Gathering (MPG) about a decade ago in Urbana, Illinois. After four years, Low48 (Rich Coers) continued the tradition in a super-human single-handed presentation for another four years. Then, the Ohio IAP contingent volunteered and the event was moved to Wadsworth, Ohio for four years. In 2019 we broght the event to the Chicago area. The event has seen tremendous growth over all these years. From a few hours at a union hall to a three day event in a fantastic hotel. Great demonstrations, vendors, and new activities. Most importantly great friendships, conversations, and sharing of ideas.

In 2021 we took the event virtual and it was the largest pen gathering ever.

The nucleus of the Chicago team is Ed Brown, John Underhill, and Mark Dreyer, but we know we will be asking for volunteers to help out. If you have any suggestions or would like to volunteer let any of us know – the earlier the better. We look forward to keeping the quality of the event that the teams in front of us have started.

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Topics (Subject To Change)
Remodeling Your Kitchen
Polymer Clay Pen Blanks
All Abount Casting
The Next Steps In Kitless
Color Your World
High Pressure Wood Stabilization
Off-Center Turning
Umbrella Ornament
3d Printing
Beginning Pen Making
Mold Making For Casting
Segmenting For The Pen Turner
Sales And Marketing
Creating Celtic knot blanks, what works and what doesn't
WIT Community Building
Three-part Martini Glass
Color Casting
Making a Laser Pointer
Embellished Chatterwork

Featured Vendor
The American Association of Woodturners