Rick and I have arrived back home, after a morning at the wood show. And I have to say that it was an interesting day.
Besides the wood and the displays and the tool demonstrations, two things stood out that made this day very special for me.
First of all, having been to about 4 woodshows now in the past year, I have noted that the demonstrations never show a rotory tool (ex. Dremel) in action. I have the tool and have the desire to do something with it and would like to see it in action rather than just doing the trial-and-error thing. I’ve seen hand-carving, lathe-work, and chainsaw carving but never the little electric tool.
Well, as you can guess, today’s show was filled with Dremel-users. There were about 10 artists located in the display area and they were all busy carving, sanding, and sculpting with their little rotary tools.!! I asked and the Universe provided. Thank you Universe.
And then there was the highlight of my day (or perhaps of my week or month…or year even!!). At all of the shows that I have attended there has been a display for the “Canadian Woodworking” Magazine. At the first woodshow I received 10 free issues by signing up for a discounted membership. Nice. Great magazine and I look forward to its arrival throughout the year.
After reading through a couple of my first issues I realized that the person who was running the booth was the editor of the magazine himself (Paul Fulcher) and so I always make a point of saying hi and complimenting him on a wonderful magazine, as I walk past.
Today, as always, Mr. Fulcher was at the show and as Rick and I were one of the first people there he was able to take a second to say thanks as I made my usual comment as I walked past. This time, he stopped me by asking me if I was from Burford. “Yes” my mouth said while my mind went spinning—he couldn’t possible know everyone who receives his magazine. What on earth is this???? And so I stopped and backed up.
Smiling, (and looking at my very confused faced) he said, “I read your articles.” Now I was even more confused—here was the editor of ”CANADIAN Woodworking” !!! How on earth would he get his hands on my articles? Why on earth would he be reading a little newspaper from a community of 2000 people? Why? What? How? Who? Huh????
How could he know me? The brain turns into overdrive unravelling this mystery. I write a weekly article for our local paper—he has to, somehow, get the paper. My photo is shown beside each of the articles—he must have recognized me from this photo. I am in shock and I am honoured.
As the crowds started to form I thanked him, and told him he had just made my day and that I couldn’t believe that he recognized me. I started to move on, my head still in a whirlwind of confusion. Adding to the compliment of being recognized the gentleman in the next booth (also having a moment of breathing time) added, “Well, you are a beautiful lady” – and so, blushing, I walked the rest of the show on cloud 9.
So, how can this all be? On the ride back home I scanned the magazines in the complimentary package he had given me and asked me to carry around the show to promote the magazine. I searched for any indication of where he is located. With the digital age, I found email and website information but no mailing address—but then I spotted it: to contact them re: advertising, call 1-519-449-2444. Ah a Burford, Ontario phone number!!! Well what do you know: a Canadian magazine having some roots right here in rural Ontario. Who woulda’ thought!
10 minutes of fame :)
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)