Wood Shows #6: Canadian Home Workshop Show, Toronto 2009

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 03-01-2009 01:07 AM 2647 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Feb 28, 2009

Rick and I headed to the Canadian Home Workshop Show in Toronto this morning.

First we headed to say hi to Ryan and check out the tool chest and draw prize that he spoke about in his blog. What a wonderful guy. Always nice to see you, Ryan!

(I thought it would be fun to have my picture taken, showing what I will look like when I win the prize).

And here is the chest filled with tools.

Next, we wandered around all the exhibits. One display that I had not seen before at any show was that of Moxie Trades, a site for women tradespeople.

(All you tradeswomen out there, check out the directory listing at the bottom of their site).

What I really like about the Canadian Home Workshop Show, besides the opportunity to meet Ryan, of course, is the workshops that they offer.

Here, men and women get to try their hand at using some tools and then take a project home.

And here is the “Kids’ Workshop”. It is so fun to watch the young faces as they create their own project.

Of course there are also the craftsman demonstrating their crafts. I particularly enjoyed watching this gentleman from the Marquetry Society of Canada. After taking his photo we talked a little bit about his scrollsaw. I’m not sure if you can see it well but it is hand operated and he pulls the blade up and down through the wood. He says that this gives him greater control, especially when he is using a blade so fine that I regretted not having my glasses with me! Because the blade is being directed by his hand he can feel it catch and can stop it instantly. Quite fascinating.

We, of course, also stopped by to chat with the guys from Steel City. We had a chuckle about the Winter Awards 2008 and the possibility that their grand prize might end up having to go to England. I think Jim, the GM for company, had a panic attack when I showed him this 2×4 entry!
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All in all it was a worthwhile trip and I look forward to going back next year.


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 03-01-2009 03:04 AM

Ms Debbie
I was there on Friday and enjoyed the show as well. I was suprised to see the number of vendors was down considerably – sign of the times I guess. I’m not as organized as Debbie & Rick, I didn’t take a camera. If anyone listens to Matt’s Basement Workshop podcast his regular guest Hendrick Varda was there doing a presentation on finishing that was quite interesting.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#2 posted 03-01-2009 03:09 AM

Sounds like you had a great time there MsDebbie. I can’t wait for the one in Charlotte next month.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 03-01-2009 03:21 AM

MsDebbie…..isn’t there another one in London or Kitchener next month?? Do you know the dates? I’d like to go to that one…

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#4 posted 03-01-2009 01:14 PM

Kitchener. March 13-15.
We like going there as well but not sure if we’ll make this one. I’m heading to BC on the Sunday – going to see my son :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 03-01-2009 04:09 PM

Hey, You look good as a “Winner”! Looks like fun. I’ll be attending the March 27-29 Woodworking Show in Chantilly, VA. Hope to see some neat stuff.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 03-02-2009 04:57 PM

Hi Ms. Debbie;

Looks like a fun time.

Is that women’s tradespeople for women only. I would like to join. LOL


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 03-02-2009 05:09 PM

I,ll see you there at the Kitchener show Debbie .
That pink stuff is a little hard on the eyes . lol

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#8 posted 03-02-2009 05:43 PM

not sure when we are going to get to the Kitchener show.
Sunday we head out west
Saturday I have a Gathering in the morning and a family event in the evening.
I think we’ll be going on Friday.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 03-05-2009 03:53 AM

Looks like a great show Debbie. Too bad it’s a long way for me.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 03-05-2009 12:37 PM

well, start planning for 2010 :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 01-27-2010 06:09 PM

I can’t believe I never heard anything about this one.

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#12 posted 03-14-2010 11:52 PM

I went to this one last Friday and had a great time.

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#13 posted 03-15-2010 12:02 AM

that’s excellent. Any great finds?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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