I went to Woodworking in America this weekend. It was my first woodworking show.
A few thoughts:
1) I was really eager to hang out in the marketplace, but it was really different than I expected. The folks who were there I expected: Lie-Nielsen, Veritas, some smaller hand tool makers, SawStop, and others. That was all good. What surprised me was that SawStop was the only power tool maker. No Laguna, Rikon, DeWalt, Bosch, Powermatic, Jet, Triton, Festool, etc. I just assumed there would be more emphasis on power tools. No blade makers like Freud or Forrest. And no one in finishing at all. I had assumed that General Finishes or maybe a milk paint or dye company would be there. My big regret was that I had hoped to put my hands on a couple of different HVLP systems, but there was nothing like that there at all. Perhaps this is unique to WIA or maybe I just had the wrong impression of a woodworking show.
2) On the other hand, I really enjoyed the classes. I think I picked up something important in each one: Shannon Rogers on selecting lumber, Marc Adams on joinery (although I wish he’d spent a little more time on the joinery itself), George Walker on Designing with Curves, and Roy Underhill on building coffins.
I only registered for Saturday, although that allowed me to go to the marketplace on Friday. If I had to do it over again, I might sign up for classes on both days.
Hope others had a good time there.
-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson