Happened across the website for IWF 2004 (http://www.iwf2004.com /) and was
wondering if the show would be worthwhile to attend for the average weekend
woodworker. I live in Atlanta, so getting to the show wouldn't be a major
endeavor, but it looks like a lot of the exhibitors are geared towards the
big shops and professional woodworkers and didn't want to waste the trip on
MARTA if I was going to be way out of my element there, although it would be
nice to get a woodorker show fix to last until next February. I saw a post
from 2002 about IWF 2002 when I DAGS, but didn't really give much more info.
There are plenty of hobbyists at the IWF. I probably won't make this one, to my
regret, but the last 2 I attended had a really good mix. There is a
preponderance of heavy duty machinery, of course, but all the big guns in the
hobby and small woodshop fields are there, too...you'll find Lee Valley and
Lie-Nielsen and Delta and Powermatic and Grizzly and a host of others. You'll
also find smaller booths in various areas with things you might not have come
across at any other woodworking show, such as states touting their hardwoods,
the APA handing out literature on plywood, a ton of free magazines (mostly
trade stuff, but mostly interesting, too). None of that is there for the
hobbyist, specifically, but it IS there, and can be milked for information.
Wish I hadn't packed my last book of attendees. Huge thing. You'll find most of
the major hobby woodworking magazines there, as well as the trades.
Go. Especially if you're in Atlanta. What with moving and a few other things
this year, I won't be able to afford either time or cash--those hundred buck a
night hotel rooms are killers, as are meals in places I like to eat. But for a
citizen of Atlanta,...I'd say it's a Do NOT Miss!
"If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our
institutions, great is our sin." Charles Darwin
email@example.com (Charlie Self) wrote in message
I agree.....if you can attend it is well worth the time and effort.
Lots of big boy tools that are amazing and take more floor space than
my house. But alot of others that will feed your appetite for
woodworking and machinery.
Rob, this show is something any woodworker should see if they have a
chance. I went to the show in 2002 on Saturday, wanting to see it all.
Wrong..............it is truly a 2 day minimum show, but 3 or 4 days to
really enjoy seeing machinery that you never dreamed of. The Congress
Center is packed with every type of woodworking tool imaginable.
I hope to make it again this year.
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