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Forum topic by iminmyshop posted 02-23-2020 01:46 AM 220 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2020 01:46 AM

I attended the Woodworking Show in Milwaukee today. After missing the last two years and then hearing folks say that attendance by exhibitors and woodworkers alike had fallen off a cliff I was tentative about going since it’s 95 miles away. But I’m glad I did. The line was out the door at opening and was pretty full until late afternoon. Lots of vendors who seemed to be busy and making good sales. The lectures I attended were excellent. And I came home with new toys – I mean tools – for my workshop.


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#1 posted 02-23-2020 03:43 AM

We used to have Woodworking shows in Portland, OR, and the West Coast, but they pulled out years ago claiming they would be back in the future. Have yet to see a return.
I went every year, and the attendance appeared to be enough to sustain the show, but they claimed it was not.
I miss the shows. I made a few sizable purchases at the shows, stuff the local outlets didn’t carry. We do have a Woodcraft and a Rockler store in the area, but most of the stuff I need I have to mail order.
Bring the shows back to the Portland area!!!

-- "My greatest fear is that upon my demise, my wife will sell my tools for what I said I paid for them."

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#2 posted 02-23-2020 03:46 PM

I was at the Milwaukee show on Friday and it was well attended that day as well. I sat through three excellent seminars, all from the same presenter as the person leading another seminar I wanted to attend was sick that day, and learned a lot from all three. That person told me they almost didn’t come to this show because of travel costs and lower than desired sales at past versions. I don’t know whether they’ll end up with a successful enough show to warrant coming back, but I think I did my part to keep their credit card reader warmed up. :-) I’ve been to this show twice now, I think, and have enjoyed it both times.

If you’ve never sat in on one of Alex Snodgrass’ bandsaw seminars, it is well worth the time. Barry Gross’ penmaking seminars are as well.

-- Gary, Wisconsin

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