Wood Working Shows - Springfield Massachusetts

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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 01-17-2011 01:21 AM 3747 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The @28th Annual Wood Working Show in Springfield has come to a close.
This years show was spectacular ! If you weren’t able to make it, you missed out on a lot of good information, tool discounts, instructionals, and meeting people from all over that share a similar interest – the love of wood in all forms.
First – Special thanks to Dave (sikrap) who was instrumental in pulling the Lumberjocks table together. It was a pleasure to meet and share stories with him.

When Ellen (Ellen35), Lorna (moonls), and I arrived on Friday as the show was beginning, Dave was busy turning a pen. Bruce (brunob) was manning the station.

We were greeted by Rob on left

That was great because it meant….the girls could go SHOPPING !
I waited for Saturday whenmy husband came in to make large tool purchases….hehe, he knows how I am, but I love him despite the fact he buys me everything I want.

Carter Products did a seminar on Tuning Your Bandsaw which we enjoyed, more shopping and then a seminar from Jim Heavey and Wood Magazine on jigs. Then all of the above LJ’s and Len (Dusty56) were off to dinner at the Outback Steakhouse, Yummy !

Saturday was another high energy day. Dave, Bruce, and the three LJ ladies joined forces to man the table and alternate seminar times so that everyone could get to the informationals they wanted to see. Ellen, Lorna and I went to the inlay session presented by Micro-Fence, it was awesome but I am going to have to wait to buy this system – it IS on my list.
I watched Geoff Noden of Noden Inlay Razor crafting some phenomenal inlay work, there was a blog done here on LJ last year on his process. So cool to actually see it.

We were back to the table- Ellen, Lorna, and Lisa

I plopped some projects I had made as gifts on the table to attract attention. When Len showed up in the afternoon he brought some of his showpieces. (nice work Len does for sure)

And had some surprise visits from other LJ members

Sharon (purplev) and Eli from Rough Cut

Tom (Wingstess) stopped by, Some I can’t remember their LJ handle like Tom from Australia, Rob and many others who were not identified. Sign up sheet next year because I can’t rely on my memory. If I met you and forgot I apologize, please comment below that you were forgotten, and give thoughts on the show experience you had.

Saturday wound down quickly but before I headed home, I wanted to see the card sharpening seminar by Mike from Fine WoodWorking Magazine. I asked Mike when the next session was, as he looked to his watch I mentioned I brought my cards and they were in the car. He said, ” Run and get them, I’ll do a private session.”
We went through the process, I got to do hands on, and I was ecstatic. As we were finishing up, some guy came over and we were all shooting the bull about woodworking. Then he introduces himself as Tommy Mac. Oh Nice ! He invited me to come to see his workshop, which of course, I am so going to take him up on, and I am dragging Ellen and Lorna with me, not that they need dragging to go. LOL.
I left on woodworking cloud nine !!
There was so much to see and do, and vendors to visit I could go on forever.

Wish I could have gone today, hopefully whoever was there will post on how the day went.
Next year…..DON”T MISS IT !


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 01:31 AM

Thanks for sharing the show with us that could not make it. We will just have to live vicariously through your report.

It’s always exciting to meet with so many woodworkers in one place.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 01:36 AM

Thanks for the great blog! I always love to see other woodworkers and visit with them. This had to be a great time for all of you. I loved the report!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 01:36 AM

Good for you guys.
I went to the Baltimore show a couple of weeks ago. Good fun.

Did you get an autographed picture of TMac? I did, and it is sitting right here next to me. I am so proud.
It will be neat to see his shop, take some pictures.

What did you buy?

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 01:37 AM

What Lisa says… in spades!
It was great! Not only did we spend money but we also spent time at great workshops (we each got a reindeer by Alex Snodgrass – if you’ve ever seen him do this on the bandsaw, he is incredible!). It was great to spend time with other LJs and meet so many people interested in woodworking in one place. I do hope more LJs will join us at the LJ booth next year… we have been offered double the space!
Special thanks to Dave (Sikrap) for doing so much work organizing the booth and getting us organized.
Many people were interested in who and what LJ was.
Steve – suffice it to say… we didn’t buy shoes! ;-)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Mary Anne

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 01:54 AM

Wow, that sounds like a fantastic weekend. And no one better to shop with than LJ women. Yeah!!
You know I am just pea green with envy.

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 02:05 AM

Nice meeting everyone in person as well.

That would Tony (from Australia) actually ! :-)

I think everyone who spent time at the booth deserves a round of applause, especially Dave !

I bought a beautiful piece of Bottle Brush but had to actually restrain myself, you could spend a fortune ! The Peachtree dovetail/joinery systems were flying off the shelf Sat morning


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#7 posted 01-17-2011 02:14 AM

I’m ready for the Indy show in two weeks. It would be nice to have a booth there to meet other LJ’s.
Sounds like you all had a good time.

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#8 posted 01-17-2011 02:27 AM

thank´s for sharing it with us Lisa
great to hear you all had a fun weekend :-)

take care

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#9 posted 01-17-2011 03:05 AM

Yes, it was a great show and we did get a lot of good info from the seminar sessions! Thanks David for all your efforts. It was great to meet several LJ’s , mingle with other woodworkers and enjoy the smell of wood from the various machines being demo’d. I’m already thinking about coming again next year.
Thanks Lisa for making such a fine report on the show! Now I’m off to my shop to start tearing apart my band saw so I can install all the carter upgrade parts I bought…!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#10 posted 01-17-2011 03:08 AM

Steve – What didn’t I buy you should ask. LOL
Tony- Thank You for identifying yourself !! It was nice to meet you : )
Mary Anne – Next year you are joining us….plan on it !

I (my husband) purchased the WoodLine Clock making template kit, Carter Resaw guides and stabilizer
guide, some contour sanding blocks / thin rip table saw jig / fence clamps from PeachTree, a turning
tool sharpening DVD from Craft Supply, clamping squares from 3D Square, and some odds and ends
tools on the discount table. Also got 2 free t-shirts and some free DVD’s on puzzle boxes, push button
band saw boxes, pocket hole solutions, and a free glue bottle !
Also, WoodLine replaced my router template guide set I bought with a kit last year beacause I ruined
one of the guides. Wow no questions asked ! At Grizzly tent sale in September I bought the
Dewalt 618 router. The first time I
used it, without even cutting a piece of wood, the bit got stuck in the collet. Totally non removable.
Grizzly Sent me to DeWalt, Dewalt said I could pay to have it repaired. My husband spoke to the
representative from DeWalt at the show yesterday. He gave me full warranty repair and a free shipping
label to send it to them. Now we’re talkin” !!

I didn’t meet Tommy Mac…. he came over to meet ME…LOL and I did get the autographed picture : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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Mary Anne

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#11 posted 01-17-2011 03:44 AM

If he came to meet you, I hope Tommy Mac got an autographed Dustbunny picture. ;)

Next year… sounds good! I’ll have to work on my Yankee accent. LOL

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#12 posted 01-17-2011 04:34 AM

Great to see that you guys had a great wood show. I love going to them.

-- 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].com †

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#13 posted 01-17-2011 05:05 AM

Putting faces to the posts is always a good time and working the booth with Bruce & Dave on Friday was a bunch of fun. BTW, thanks again to Bruce for Turning 101, I can see where a lathe could easliy find it’s way into my shop.

My coworker and I ended up going back again today met Barry, and ran into Len & Dave again. We also were able to catch Chuck Bender’s (The Acanthus Workshop) dovetail workshop; if you haven’t seen him cut a set of dovetails, it’s worth checking out. It was especially cool to see him pull someone out of the crowd, have them apply what he just taught, and see how well the joint went together.


-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 01-17-2011 06:11 AM

Cudos to Dave (sikrap) for putting this all together for us !!
It was a pleasure to meet and work with all of you at the show : )
I have a few pictures to share as well , as soon as I can upload them .
I also invested in the Carter Stabilizer unit and a new Carter 3/16” blade to go with it.
As Lisa stated earlier , Alex put on a fantastic seminar on tuning up your bandsaw , and to me it was worth the price of admission and then some : )
I also invested in a sweet piece of PurpleHeart for future reference : )

I am looking into a field trip for anyone interested in attending at the New England School of Architectural Woodworking in Easthampton MA 01027. The owners were at the show and said that they would love to host us there on a Saturday .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 01-17-2011 06:16 AM

Just wanted to chime in and echo what a great show it was. It was fantastic to meet Chuck Bender (The Acanthus Woodshop) and get a personal dovetail lesson, “Mike” from FWW who took the time to give me a one-on-one sharpening lesson, Jim Heavey from WOOD magazine and, of course, Tommy Mac ( a LJ himself). It was even better to spend the weekend with the great people from this site. Luckily for my bank account, I don’t go to these shows every weekend. I ended up lining the pockets of Lee Valley, Woodline, Jevons Tool, and a couple of other vendors but the LV toys are just too pretty to say “No” to :)

I don’t want to hijack this great blog, so I’ve started a thread in the Woodworking Skill Share forum to thank everyone and let everyone know that it wasn’t just me that thought our booth was a good addition to the show, so check that tread out.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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