Tampa Woodworking Show (2016) did anyone attend?

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Forum topic by Steamboat_Willie posted 03-22-2016 03:52 AM 615 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2016 03:52 AM

Last week I attended my 2nd Woodworking Show here in Tampa since retiring to central FL and, once again, I found myself walking away with a sense that the show, once again, is heading down hill. Years ago I had attended the same show up in NJ and after a number of years I found myself lamenting that the quality of the show had gone down hill and no longer captured my interest. Apparently there was a falling out between the vendors and show organizer.

Then I recall about 5 years ago (?) ownership of the company who operates the shows had changed hands and subsequently the shows did seem to improve a bit. But, unfortunately, after attending the Tampa show last week, now that I’m in FL, I had that feeling of Déjà vu all over again. The quantity of woodworking machinery on display was noticeably smaller. I asked at the show-desk up front if the DeWalt factory reps were there to answer some questions for me and they told me that DeWalt no longer attends the shows because they no longer have interest in “woodworkers”. REALLY? (I own numerous DeWalt tools and I have only good things to say about the brand.) No Delta, Milwaukee, or Porter Cable from what I remember. There was a Bosch booth there.

A guy from the Jet/Powermatic exhibit, which had less equipment on display this year as compared to last year, told me that it is just becoming more and more cost prohibitive to bring equipment in to these shows for display. And the downward trend which I was commenting to him about was not my imagination.

I apologize if I sound like I’m on my soapbox here. But I go to these shows with much anticipation and excitement (like a kid in a toy store) hoping to hand-on-touch and tinker with new woodworking tools and equipment and gadgets and such. However this year, after picking up a few expendable supplies and accessories from Peachtree and a couple of other no-name vendors I left the show feeling disappointed and disheartened that there’s a good possibility that I won’t return to the show next year. Maybe it’s just a sign of the times and it is what it is. Anyone else find themselves with similar thoughts and experiences regarding these woodworking shows? My two cents.


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#1 posted 03-22-2016 03:35 PM

Many companies are biting the bullet now. I am surprised and saddened that the shows are perhaps on their way to not being so good any more. Let’s hope it improves instead of going the other way. What you say is not good news for woodworkers. larry

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#2 posted 03-22-2016 07:48 PM

I have been to the Tampa show each year for the last several. There are fewer vendors there. A few new ones have shown up but there is still a smaller total. I always stock up on supplies from Peachtree, but I did notice that Woodline was absent this year. I still enjoy going, but it is diminishing.

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