Furniture Society offers handmade tool challenge
Martin Hernandez handplane

A walnut and steel handplane by Martin Hernandez showcased on his Instagram page @martinalexanderstudio.

Photo By MartinAlexanderStudio

The Furniture Society's November IG Challenge is a chance to showcase tools you made yourself.

"Making your own tools can many times be the best option as collecting tools can be pricey or they might not exist," says the call for entries by The Furniture Society. "Creating your own tools can even help you better understand how the tool works and how it’s constructed - plus, you can customize that tool for the needs of the job."

Entering the contest is simple:

•    Take a photo of tools you have made
•    Post them on your Instagram page
•    Tag The Furniture Society in that post

Tags to use are @furnituresociety & #2022furnituremakerchallenge. Then The Furniture Society will share your post in their stories.

Founded in 1996, The Furni­ture Society bills itself as the premier non-profit orga­ni­za­tion repre­sent­ing, promot­ing, and connect­ing furni­ture makers, design­ers, collec­tors, cura­tors, educa­tors and manu­fac­tur­ers from around the world. Learn more at

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William Sampson

William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editorial director of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.