2024 PenMakers International Chicagoland MPG
April 19 and 20, 2024 - Symposium - Hoffman Estates Illinois

Key Dates

Shirt Orders End
March 31, 2024

Personalized Mug Orders End
March 31, 2024

Meal Orders End
March 31, 2024

Online Registration Ends
April 17, 2024
On Site After - April 17, 2024

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Those who have "been around" long enough will remember Cozee (Greg Cozad) starting the Midwest Penturners Gathering (MPG) over 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 brought 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. In 2022 we reconnected in person and look forward to a long tradition of in person meetings.

The nucleus of the Chicago team is Ed Brown, John Underhill, Mark Dreyer and Donna 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)
Getting Started in Casting
And Now For Something Slightly Different …
Turning Small Trees, Spin Tops and Other Small Treasure
Differentiating Yourself Without Casting
Beginning Pen Making
An Evening With Dick Sing
Clear Casting
The Average Turner and a Bowl
Thread Woven Pen Blanks
Color Casting
The Twisted Box
Kitless and Clips
Marketing Your Talent
Sales And Marketing
Thread Wrapped

Featured Vendor
Rich Coers