Years ago I made the drive to north of Atlanta (as I remember) to a
woodworking fair I think they called it. All of the bigger
tool/machinery makers were present but also a number of small folks
selling their wares.
This might have been in Gwinnett county.
I am wondering if they still have these types of events and if there
is one coming up. I would like to make the trip.
Emphatically YES it has improved.
There were many more vendors and attendees at the Indianapolis show this year than at
any time since about 2008. I had noticed declining attendance and vendor participation for
several years, and feared that the show might be on its way to extinction. It's still not back to
where it was ten years ago -- in particular, Incra and Leigh used to be there every year, and
I haven't seen either one for a long time, and several of our local businesses that used to
exhibit regularly haven't been around for a while either -- but it has rebounded a lot
compared to the last couple of years.
I commented on that to one of the vendors that I've become acquainted with over the past 6-
8 years and suggested that perhaps it was a sign that the economy was improving. He
attributes it instead to the new ownership, saying that the previous owner had [ticked] off a
lot of vendors and the new owner was working hard to mend fences.
Another difference I noticed this year is that the three-hour-long classes (the ones you have
to pay for) are back, after an absence of at least three or four years. There were at least two
taught by Marc Adams at this year's show.
The show has definitely grown quite a bit, compared to the last few years. Still not back to
where it was 12-15 years ago, but much better than 2-4 years ago.
For comparison purposes -- map of Indiana State Fairgrounds here:
The Woodworking Show *used to* fill the South Pavilion (#18 on the map). Somewhere
around 2006, it had shrunk enough that it was moved to the Blue Ribbon Pavilion (#14)
where it remains. Three years ago, it occupied only about 2/3 of that building, and in '12 and
'13 it seemed like just a bit over half the building was used. This year, it wasn't quite full, but
it was close. And on Saturday in particular, there were so many people there that it was hard
to get around -- which was *very* different from last year.
GOOD TO HEAR! Thank you for that report.
In Houston the show was always at Reliant Center, held in a rather large
section in one of the areas. That was true for years.
About 4~5 years they moved the show from that central location to about
20 miles WNW to the high school gymnasium in Katy, TX. The room for all
of the vendors was scaled down to about 20% of what they had at the
Reliant Center. Vendors were pissed and so was I, parking had to be
shared with all of the high schoolers. I complained the first year to
the organizers, a few women, and I was instructed that I was wrong.
The new owners of the Woodworking shows contacted me and informed me of
their acquisition and further indicated that the vendors were pissed.
AAMOF we did not even have that show last year, one of the gracious area
woodworkers organized and held the show himself. He did that just so
that there would be a show last year and indicated he would never do
that again. He donated a lot of his equipment for the demonstrations.
Fortunately it looks like the Woodworking shows will be back,
unfortunately the show will be in the gymnasium again. Hopefully it
will one day return to the Reliant Center. The Reliant Center is a long
way from where I live, actually the Katy gymnasium is quite close, but I
believe the show would be better if there was more room for the vendors
to spread out and room for more vendors.
I suspected that the show had been suffering from lack of interest, both
culturally and commercially ... gone with the likes of the David Marks,
New Yankee Workshop, Bruce Johnson, et el shows on TV, to make room for
the DIY'ers in homeowner's suits.
Plus, the old geezers, who had grandiose plans of retiring and making
ends meet in their old age with their instantly acquired woodworking
acumen from the Intenetz, got a large dose of reality around 2008. ;)
That could have played a part but I suspect that the Houston market is
as good as the other markets where attendance by the vendors and the
woodworkers is much greater.
Plain and simple the move to the gymnasium was the death blow to the
Houston show. The previous organizers/owners were pissing every one off
and the location was terrible. Way too small, picture the show being
held on something a bit bigger than basket ball court.
I have no interest in making any money with my woodworking. I just
find making sawdust and playing with tools to be enjoyable. I fully
intend to have a lot of fun with it after I retire (the next and final
time). If everything goes right, that's in four or five years. Maybe
more, if I'm still having fun at work. If it's less, not a huge deal
I've been going for the last five years. It has gotten better. The
first year, the Trade Center was split with an antiques show in one
half (SWMBO was happy). After that, the woodworking show took over
the whole facility.
There are a lot of participants but Peachtree Woodworking seems to
have a third of the floor space. ;-)
Lee Valley shows the following USA woodworking shows for anybody
Sad to say, the single Canadian show is out in British Columbia.
Doesn't do much good for the rest of the country.
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