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I doubt they would schedule it in conflict with another major woodworking event. Especially one in the same state. That would pull attendance from both events and neither promoter would want that.
At least that sounds like a logical assumption to me.
 

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I'm leaning toward a big let down for next year. Exhibitors need to plan their stuff way more than just 3 months in advance. I've checked the sites of the major players from 2017 and have not seen a single mention of Amana, or Handworks.

The top hit on Google is this thread, which is how I got here.

I soooo hope that I'm wrong.
 

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Scotts,
Sadly, I agree with you. I'm getting the same feeling here.
Heck, if they promoters wanted to relocate to the Chicago area, I'd be more than happy to volunteer my services. It was such an awesome event, I would hate to see it disappear after only a few events.
 

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I'm in the minority, but won't attend another Handworks. Drove four hours to get to the second one, was there with my dad for the door opening. Crowded, long lines, underwhelmed by the event. Just my impression..
 

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I had heard that about the 2nd one. But, the people that were there for the 3rd one said that it was much, much better than previous ones. Plus, with the taking off of the Instagram woodworking community, the meetups were a blast as well. Sorry you didn't have a great time. Driving that long without a good result does suck. However, it looks like it won't be much of an issue anyway if they stopped doing them.
 

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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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-Remember, these events were free. You can t be critical about "free". They could have filled the place even if they had charged admission.
-Be grateful if you got to attend and sad if you didn t.

- woodbuster
Strongly disagree with each of these, wood buster. I can, and I'm not. And I don't care if you agree or not, but don't tell me what I can't do or feel.

EDIT: Thanks atog, I really did want to like it. Missed Leach not being there as well, he was a late scratch.
 

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Hey, we all differ in our opinions. That's what makes the world go around, right?
I do hope they have another one one day, and if you do decide to give it another chance, hit me up. I'll buy you a beer and we can shoot the breeze about woodworking. Can't go wrong there. :)

Have a good one!!!!
 

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Not being grateful has more to do with you than with the event. Apparently you feel they owed you something. The long lines were not their fault, but a product of what was right about the event..success. I really would like to hear what you were expecting because I don't know of any event that offered this breadth of exposure to hand tool woodworking. You didn't like Roy Underhill?

Can't help you, sir.
 

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If I mail you a box of crap and don't charge you for it, will you be grateful?

If Smitty didn't enjoy it, he didn't enjoy it. Good grief.
 
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