Going to local shows. #2: Alternate Wood Show

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Blog entry by degoose posted 10-11-2009 08:55 AM 2524 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Friday last week Aaron [from Torque Workcentes] and I flew down to Melbourne
Just over 1,000 miles as the plane flies… lol
This was to attend the Alternate Wood Show held at the Woodworkers Warehouse in Braeside, a suburb of Melbourne to promote the Torque Work centre. Had a lot of interest in the Wee Beastie.. and my boards… I took a small amount to show off.. Lots of comments and requests for info about how to make them… I gave out cards and told them all to go and read the blogs. I think there will be lots of folks from Melbourne checking out the sites.
I also took a small sample of the Conkleberry wood and that also caused a stir.. Might have to look into taking a supply to the next wood show. I think that some of the turners might like to use this very different timber.

In this pic you can see the size of the show room.. packed with all sorts of goodies incluing Jet and Powermatic.
As well as the guys from Woodworkers Warehouse they had Ideal Tools with all the fantastic Festool range and Professional Woodworkers Supplies with their range of Incra Woodpecker and heaps more.

Some very good bargains to be had … up to 40 percent off and not to mention the give aways to sweeten the deal.

A very long piece of timber being turned on the Jet lathe.

I manage to have a nice chat with Stuart Lee host of Stu's Shed.. even got a photo with him..and he says he would like to review the Torque Work Centre.. that would be great.
Martin I hope you noticed I have a LJ polo shirt on… I am promoting the site every where I go.
Oh This is Mel… over the week end she BBQed over 400 sausages and heaps of onions.. very welcome I can tell you.
I truly wish I had time to talk to all the other demonstrators and look at all the really cool gear and maybe get a bargain myself… I did get a quote for the full Incra router table .. with wonder fence and unilift..10% off.. good deal I thought…abut it was a real whirlwind trip….
Left Brisbane airport at 0600 got to the show at 1100 … daylight saving lost us an hour and then had to drive to the other side of Melbourne. Headed back to the airport at 1500 and only just made it at 1630 for check in… got lost and then held up in traffic. After all the stress of not knowing if we would make the flight… IT was delayed..we were a little …annoyed….after 1900 before we were back in Brisbane then a 45 minute drive home.. straight to bed.. what a day…

Thats all for today… next time we will be back in Melbourne for the Working With Wood show … next Friday 16th of October.. will be there for the full three days and I hope to get some shots of the show.. Will post when I get back.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 10-11-2009 09:34 AM

Looks like a great day had by all hope you did well on the board front mate ….........

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 10-11-2009 09:46 AM

sounds like you had heaps of fun!
tell the guys from the woodworkers warehouse that there is a ripe to pick country a bit to the south of Oz that just waits for Jet, Powermatic and Incra…..

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#3 posted 10-11-2009 11:46 AM

This was a good practice run for the big show.
Love the LJ’s shirt, you go man !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#4 posted 10-11-2009 11:48 AM

Thanks much Larry for the Melbourne report. Looks like it was fun with a lot of goodies to see. I sure wish they had shows like that here in Norway. Maybe they do, but I’ve never heard about them.

We do have a woodworking store here in Stavanger which in fact is the largest of it’s kind in Norway. Each year they have a cruise up to Nordkapp (the midnight sun place) and hold turning and other woodworking skills courses on the ship underway, stopping at different ports along the way.

Maybe you can get the Torque Work Center people to sponser a trip to Norway to market the work center. We have some fantastic machining companies here (largely due to our oil industry). Maybe they could produce the Torque Center on license. I think a machine like that would be a big hit here in Norway.

I hope you will blog the next show coming up too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 10-11-2009 01:58 PM

40% discount? 10% discount?

Here in the US the internet has taken so much business from the wood shows that they don’t give any discounts.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#6 posted 10-11-2009 02:11 PM

Thanks for the pictures, Larry. That looks like a wonderful event.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 10-11-2009 02:35 PM

Hello Goos,

thank you very much for your nice report from a very nice day you hat on the Woodshow.
On the photos you can see they hat a lot off nice tools on the Woodshop.
I love to look to the videos from Stu shed, it seems to me that he is a very nice guy.
Maybe next time you can take your video, to make some nice video report from the Woodshop
and maybe some interviews :-)

Thanks Goos.


-- Greetings from the Netherlands.

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#8 posted 10-11-2009 02:51 PM

Sounds like the show was a blast.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#9 posted 10-11-2009 03:08 PM

I guess I’ll have to come to Australia to find some woodworking show bargains. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 10-11-2009 03:26 PM

Larry, looked like a fun day. Thanks for keeping us posted. BTW…I noticed the shirt right away, as I’m sure Martin and everyone else did. Great job!

-- John @

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#11 posted 10-11-2009 03:39 PM

Larry: A nice report. It didn’t look like the show was crowded with people. Was this is the non busy portion or was it very light crowd?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 10-11-2009 04:46 PM

looks like fun…did you get to sell any boards???

also—-why is it the alternate show? is there another show?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 10-11-2009 05:04 PM

hope you did good on selling all of your boards Larry, do you have photos of your booth, and of the wee beastie booth? I noticed everyone was walking upright, not upside down, or did you turn your camera over? lol

-- Smitty!!!

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#14 posted 10-11-2009 05:21 PM

Hope you had great fun Larry. Sure looks like it. Hope you do well at the Big Show. That’s more important.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 10-11-2009 06:35 PM

Hey Larry
Looks like a great day.


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