Last saturday I took the 3 hour train ride to Basel to check out the “Holz”, which is a big trade fair based on woodworking that goes on every three years. I had never been to this one and despite having my hernia surgery only a week before decided I could go walk around all day for the sake of woodworking…..
Bad idea…waste of time and money!
If you like traditional woodworking than this venue isn’t for you. You walk in and the first thing you see is a bunch of software for buisnesses and cad stuff and cnc milling. I tend to forget that here we dont have the ww enthusiests like in the states, this fair is dedicated to professionels. Money makers, companies, you get it. No vendors in suspenders here, it’ s all suits and ties.
Then there are the cnc’s…. They seemed to be promoting actually touching wood as little as possible, and spending that extra time drinking( most vendors offered free drinks). Yes it’ s pretty amazing what those machines can do, and we have one at our shop that a lot of times i wish I knew how to use better for work porposes, but this wasn’t cool to me…
So I wandered around the rest of the fair, some timberframers were tracing for a model roof competition, that was cool. I drooled over the Martin and Altendorf machines, they are nice, but have been for a long time, Festool was there of course, but nothing I had’t seen yet.
There was an area with a bunch of cabint makers pieces, they were giving awards and such, some nice stuff there, I took a few pics.
It’ s kind of depressing to see so much work computerized…. Will there be a market for genuine woodworking in 10 -20 years? Should I convince my boss to pay for some classes in cnc programming?