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01-08-2010 02:11 AM

I’m going to brave the storm tomorrow and drive the 90 miles to the New England Woodworking Expo in West Springfield, Mass. Anyone else going to be there? I’d love to meet some of you,if only to put a face to the name or thank you for the help you’ve given me. I’m also looking for advice on what I should make sure I see while I’m there.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY


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#1 posted 01-08-2010 08:10 AM

I won’t be going until Saturday , weather permitting…..I haven’t missed a show in the last 10 years , but I don’t really need anything and I’m debating whether to save the parking fee and admission and just go to WoodCraft and spend my money there. It’s on the same street {Memorial} as the Big E is , but is located in the Century Shopping Plaza . When you see a HESS gas station and McDonald’s , the shopping plaza is right behind them , and WoodCraft will be to the left side of the parking lot. All of the store personnel are wonderful , helpful and knowledgeable people : )
I usually go there before the show opens to hang out , see friends and check some prices. Have a safe trip : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 01-08-2010 08:53 AM

Would love to be there but Arizona is a little to far away.

Have fun for all of us.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 01-08-2010 04:03 PM

I was thinking on going, then I saw how many of bigger names are not there this year? There is a show in Baltimore with the same dates! That is the show to go 2! Mr. Chuck Bender, Lee Valley & Craft Supply will be there I believe. Wish I lived in MD instead of MA.

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#4 posted 01-09-2010 05:37 AM

UPDATE!! As it turns out (IMHO), you didn’t really miss all that much. Some of the advertised vendors weren’t there and there was a lot of confusion because some of the materials had been shipped to the Baltimore Expo by mistake. There were a couple of bright spots, however. The guy that does the demos at the Hand Toll Rodeo was excellent. Bear in mind that I am a real novice and what he went over was pretty basic. I attended his sessions on tuning planes and card scrapers. I had already taken a class on plane tuning, but this was better because he explained the “why” and not just the “how”, he offered some great tips, and I’d never seen what a scraper could do before. The more talented/experienced probably wouldn’t have gotten much out of this. If you’re thinking of attending for the “freebies”, don’t bother. They all got shipped to Baltimore :) I do wish that I’d known about the Route-R-Joint system at Woodline before going, because I would have started groveling a couple of weeks ago to grab one. Yes, I know that handcut dovetails are preferred, but these designs are pretty cool. I showed the catalog to the wife when I got home and even she commented on how neat they are.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#5 posted 01-10-2010 05:33 AM

It was a sad , sad show there today. : ( I have more tools and wood in my basement then what was on display there today. I sat in on and got to participate at a seminar put on by Bill Bush , the inventor of Bush Oil. That took up most of the time that I was there. You could see pretty much the whole show as you walked in the front door. When I first started going there , the entire Young Building was full of vendors and wall to wall merchandise and people.
There were actually more people at the local WoodCraft store than I saw at the show when I was there !

On the brighter side though ,
I did get to speak with the shows promoter , Dawn , and she promises that next year will be better.This year was a scheduling nightmare for her company and most of the big names were already in Baltimore. Dawns company is filling the shoes of the previous company that hosted the event and dumped it into her lap.
She actually invited me to start a booth / table(s) featuring Lumberjocks.com , that any interested members could man during next years show . We could display our goodies / crafts there free of charge , and anyone working the booth would have free admission to the show. The Lumberjocks logo would be displayed on their banners and advertisements for next season. If anyone is interested in participating , please send me a PM.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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