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#1 posted 03-22-2019 02:03 PM

After attending all of the previous Handworks events, I have a few observations:
-These are primarily tool sales events. This was the best way to shop almost every vendor in the hand tool universe.
-Remember, these events were free. You can’t be critical about “free”. They could have filled the place even if they had charged admission.
-This year, the Fine Woodworking magazine event in MA would be a time overlap with the usual date for Handworks. These smaller vendors can’t afford to be away from their businesses for that long and the driving would be exhausting.
-Planning a big event is a huge time suck for the organizers, who after all are tool mongers, not event planners.
-Based on the last Handworks attendance, this event had outgrown the venue. For me, the Amana venue is a major part of the appeal.
-Be grateful if you got to attend and sad if you didn’t.

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