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Forum topic by JoeinGa posted 03-22-2016 02:02 PM 959 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2016 02:02 PM

Wodbutcherbynight sent me a note reminding me of the April show in Atlanta. (Honestly I had forgot about it… DOH!)

In looking on the Interwebs I see there are 2 shows in the Atlanta area. April is “The Woodworking Show” in Norcross, and in August there is the ” International Woodworking Fair” at the Georgia World Congress Center closer to downtown. I’m wondering if there is much difference in these for someone who has never gone to any of the woodworking shows? Is one better than the other? Anything that would make me want to attend one over the other?

I would like to go to at least one of these shows. I’m one of those who would much rather put my hands on things as opposed to looking at pictures on the computer. Of course, that can be a bad thing too. If I look at a tool on the internet, it’s pretty easy to say “Oh I’d like this but I cant afford it anyway” and walk away from the computer. But once I’ve held something in my hands and played with it, it’s MUCH HARDER to walk away. Kinda like holding a new puppy… you know you dont want another dog, but you just fall in love with the little fella and cant resist !

Thanks , Joe

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#1 posted 03-22-2016 02:09 PM

sounds like you should use the ‘puter
to see which one has a ‘shop dog’ exhibit joe

get one first
then let it take you to the tools you need

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#2 posted 03-22-2016 02:15 PM

The International Woodworking Fair is much bigger and not really point of sale,

The Show in Norcross is much smaller and more point of sale.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 03-22-2016 05:50 PM

Joe, I haven’t missed the IWF since it’s been in Georgia. They have plenty to see for the average woodworker and if you don’t have to travel far it’s well worth seeing. You can buy a lot of things there. Most importantly however, you can see a whole lot of machinery and materials. We were always manufacturers in the woodworking industry and bought a lot of machinery at the show over the years. However, I have always gotten a lot from it as a hobby woodworker as well.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 03-22-2016 06:26 PM

UH OH…I’ll be in Atlanta weekend of Apr 1-3 for work conference. “Yes, of course boss, I attended all of the conference sessions over the weekend” :) :) :)

Actually, I only need to arrive late Friday night for an early Saturday meeting…might take Friday off and head up to the show. Thanks for the info!

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#5 posted 03-22-2016 08:23 PM

Go to both of them, Joe. We’ve got nothing, this year, in Southern California, aside from the County Fairs. Lucky dog. Which one should I go to? (snivel, snivel) So many to choose from. (sniff, sniff)

-- Mark

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#6 posted 03-23-2016 01:08 AM

Missed the last two years due to not being able to get off from work. Put in 3 months ago for the day, this time I am going! LOL

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#7 posted 04-02-2016 02:27 AM

I went today.

Peachtree woodworking had a huge flea market. They probably had 1/3rd of the relevant floor space.

some turd merchant had the back 20% of the floor space full of crap.

I’m almost sold on the peachtree dovetail wizard

Bought two small hand planes in the vintage booth

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#8 posted 04-25-2016 03:28 AM

Both types of shows are relevant for any level of woodworker. Specifically IWF has small to larger manufacturers and distributors. These companies bring their technicians to the show and these people know their equipment. It’s like talking with a woodworker that has 20 years experience. IWF also has the student design competition. Then you have representatives of trade associations, publications, and students in woodworking programs from colleges and universities in attendance. The drawback with IWF is there is so much to see and so little time.

For an overseas vacation in 2017 visit Ligna in Hannover, Germany as it is even bigger that IWF.

-- Wuddoc

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#9 posted 04-25-2016 12:50 PM

As it stands, we have a “definite maybe” for attending the August show. Time allotment, money, and our health will determine if we make it.

Currently, both Bonnie and I are trying to pass kidney stones. I took her to the hospital last Thursday and they found she has a stone. Friday morning I awoke in excruciating pain so she took ME to the hospital and a few hours later we were both waiting to pass these things.

42 years of marriage and we always said we shared everything, but this time I kinda wish we hadn’t ! :-)

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