Just got in from one of the best woodworking events that I have ever attended. I’m from western Massachusetts myself and had never heard of this show which has been in Saratoga for the last 20 years. Was I ever happy to hear about it this year. As a major feature of the show they have a “Showcase” which is open to everyone in which you can submit your work for judging. Now this is not your normal (at least from my perspective) juried show. There must have been over one thousand entries in many categories. Here are a few:
In addition to the showcase, the usual vendors were present. But more importantly there were free lectures on both Saturday and Sunday, given by some of the best presenters I have seen.
Our own Sheila Bergner Landry gave an hour and a half demonstration on how to get started in scrolling. It’s clear that Sheila knows what she is talking about and her participatory style of teaching allows everyone to ask the questions that were on their mind. The class went extremely fast, not because she rushed it but because it was interesting and informative. She gave the class 4 times and the first day you couldn’t even get in the room as it was overflow to the hallway. Sheila enthusiastically shares her knowledge and everyone was anxious to try out their new skills. I had the pleasure of meeting Sheila and her partner Keith for the first time and enjoyed their booth which they shared with the Scrollers of the Notheast Woodworkers Association who hosts the event.
Running concurrently with the show was a two day “Totally Turning” event that anyone could sign up for and actually take hands on class from some of the best turning experts out there. I was somewhat conflicted because I went for the show and was really tempted to sign up for Totally Turning. I made up my mind that next year I will sign up for some hands on classes.
I haven’t put much on the page before now as I have been recovering for several years from health issues but as I get back to full speed I promise to share more of my shop and projects as well as other information that I come across. It was ironic to go to Saratoga to see this as Saratoga is the home of many great health spas. I actually felt like I had been at a woodworking spa for the weekend. Corny I know but I left excited. I will try and post some pictures and if I can figure it out I will post the program so you can see for yourself the variety of demos that were presented. If you live in the northeast, it would be worth the drive to Saratoga, NY for next years event.
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