There recently was a thread regarding the Woodworking Show I just received
the following information from Ron Brown who is a vendor at those shows. It
may explain a few things and if what he says is true, we may have a good
show once again.
"The Woodworking Shows Inc. has been undergoing some major changes. The
ownership actually changed in mid-September as the shows were sold outright.
The new owners are current Woodshow vendors and have an extremely keen
interest in seeing that the shows turn around, expand and grow much larger.
They have an exciting vision for the true potential of the woodworking
community and will be implementing major changes and expansions as soon as
That will take a little time. Many vendors had abandoned the show due to
poor management practices by the previous personnel and due to the
uncertainty of the show's future. Those vendors will be back bigger and
better than ever beginning in January along with new vendors you haven't
We are in kind of a catch 22. More attendance will bring more vendors will
bring bigger attendance will bring even more vendors and so on. It is a
rebuilding process which has already begun in earnest. This past weekend in
Chicago the show was very small. The new owners used that time to shoot film
footage for an infomercial which will be broadcast for a full 30 minutes
beginning about 3 weeks in advance of each show in that market. Obviously,
there will be a lag time to get the video edited and the time slots booked.
You can help by passing this information along to others and by encouraging
your woodworking friends to support the Woodworking Shows during this
critical rebuilding period."