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Forum topic by Dee1 posted 03-24-2017 02:39 PM 1080 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2017 02:39 PM

I have enjoyed this hobby for a lot of years , there used to be a really great woodworking show down in the LA area of Calif a little over 100 miles away from me. Then if you missed that there was another up in San Francisco.
I have not seen any advertisements for any west coast shows in years, am I missing something?
They used to have some great seminars, and of course lots of new fangled tools that a guy just had to have?
Anybody know what happened to them?

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#1 posted 03-24-2017 04:23 PM

Don’t know about on the left coast, but I lived in St. Louis for years, and enjoyed the one out there in a convention center. Bought some good tools there too.

Sadly the years went by and the booth participation started dwindling, and quality too. Last one I went too was not worth the effort. But I do miss them.

I have a bucket list item to go to the big one in Atlanta once. :)

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#2 posted 03-25-2017 09:10 AM

The Woodworking Shows still exist—I used to be a regular attendee—- but they have pretty much given up on the west coast. Haven’t been out west in several years. Sales were not that great, as I understand it.

I miss them, too

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#3 posted 03-25-2017 12:02 PM

I have a bucket list item to go to the big one in Atlanta once. :)

- bonesbr549

If you are a hobbyist you will need to calibrate your expectations. I go to IWF (even years) AWFS (odd years) and from my hobbist perspective regarding products I may actually buy it is not much better than the smaller shows with the exception of Felder/Hammer, SCM/Minimax, Laguna and Martin. The VAST majority of these shows are heavy commercial and industrial machines along with an equal dose of cabinet hardware etc. I always have a great time but plan to do a LOT of walking to say these are big shows is an understatement.

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#4 posted 03-25-2017 04:54 PM

I used to regularly go to the ones in Ohio. However, they came infused with other non woodworking related vendors like kitchen equipment, lawn care specialist, above ground pool displays,insulation shops, etc, etc, all the while the admission price sky rocketed. I don’t mind paying a high admission price if it is for admission to a true woodworking show with actual woodworking vendors, displays, seminars etc. But when I have to fight off an aggressive vinyl siding sales man to get to what I want to see, it was no longer an interest. I know the attendance did drop off for a while and I don’t know if they still have the shows here, probably for that reason.


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#5 posted 04-05-2017 10:57 PM

They have stop having the woodworking shows on the third coast too ( the Houston,Tx area). The last show was 90% Peachtree woodworking store. It use to be a good show in the past. I guess I need to go to the International show next year. That show is supposed be the best.

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#6 posted 04-06-2017 01:12 AM

We had one in Orange County and one in Pasadena every year for a few years. They said the couldn’t make any money on the West coast and stopped coming here.

-- Ken

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