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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 09-18-2016 12:35 AM 386 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlesA

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09-18-2016 12:35 AM

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.

Charles

-- "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


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#1 posted 09-18-2016 12:46 AM

Really no competition so companies really don’t need to show up. Companies see it as just wasting money on fees.

Those you listed have all pretty much carved out their own little niche in the market.

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#2 posted 09-18-2016 01:20 AM

I had a chance to briefly meet Chris Schwarz—that was cool since I really enjoy his writing.

-- "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

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#3 posted 09-18-2016 01:26 AM

I was also surprised non of the retailers was there (woodcraft, rockler, peachtree, highland)—but maybe there’s no reason for them to be there.

Microjig?

-- "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

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 09-18-2016 04:46 AM

Years ago they packed the place in with vendors, you couldn’t move they brought so much stuff. That was pre 2007 for me, came home from Iraq in 2010 and wow. It’s like they all went out of business. They say it is not worth it, my reply is how do you know? A chart? At the show in 1996 I met a good JET rep and bought 1500$ worth of stuff because he put my hands on the tools and gave good advice and made a deal in cash.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 09-18-2016 01:37 PM

Another important aspect is the changing market. Baby boomers are a decreasing market that companies can no longer count on sales. That leaves a much more computer driven base that is more than willing to buy things based on research and online. They have no desire to “check” something out in person as the need to has diminished significantly as quality out of the box generally meets most expectations and walking around looking at stuff doesn’t give any more information to make the decision than one already knows. Everyone today, no matter the age, is a much more informed consumer than historically and usually more knowledgeable than the sales guy on the product they intend to buy.

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#6 posted 09-18-2016 01:46 PM



Another important aspect is the changing market. Baby boomers are a decreasing market that companies can no longer count on sales. That leaves a much more computer driven base that is more than willing to buy things based on research and online. They have no desire to “check” something out in person as the need to has diminished significantly as quality out of the box generally meets most expectations and walking around looking at stuff doesn t give any more information to make the decision than one already knows. Everyone today, no matter the age, is a much more informed consumer than historically and usually more knowledgeable than the sales guy on the product they intend to buy.

- TravisH


That’s an interesting point I hadn’t considered. I generally am very comfortable buying online—I probably do 90% of my buying online—in this particular case I was interested in seeing 3 stage hvlp units up close. Goo point.

-- "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

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#7 posted 09-18-2016 03:56 PM

The Woodworking Shows has all those vendors and more. They didn’t come to the west coast this year, but usually have shows from the East Coast to the Midwest.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 09-18-2016 04:01 PM



The Woodworking Shows has all those vendors and more. They didn t come to the west coast this year, but usually have shows from the East Coast to the Midwest.

- pintodeluxe

I missed the one in Atlanta this year, and it will be another 2 years before it comes back. I didn’t really know what it was until this year. I am starting to get a handle on how different they are from each other.

-- "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

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