|Forum topic by helluvawreck||posted 08-27-2010 04:05 AM||2291 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
08-27-2010 04:05 AM
I just got back from the Atlanta Woodworking Show a few hours ago. I’ve been going to this show ever since it moved to Atlanta from another city many years ago. It’s been in Atlanta for a great many years and has been what has been called by many as a world class woodworking event, an event that every person in the country and many people from all over the world could come to and see in one place virtually every company that made anything that relates to the woodworking industry from a hand dovetail saw to the largest machinery that produces the thinly sliced veneers that make up the plywood that many of us use each day in not only cabinet shops and furniture plants but in our small woodworking hobby shops scattered across this country.
I said that if I saw anything extraordinary that I would give you a short report of it. Well here it is:
In my honest opinion, the Atalanta International Woodworking Show IS NOTHING BUT A SHADOW OF IT”S FORMER SELF!!!!!
I was forewarned that this is what I would find this year by many of the people in the companies that have sold us the machinery for all the years in that we have been in this industry. Many of those machinery companies withdrew from this show or chose not to show and for what I believe to be good reasons – at least from what I have been told first hand by them. Many of those reasons are the same reasons that they left the show in the former city that it was once held in.
For most of my adult life I have looked forward to this show from the time it was over until the time it returned two years later. I usually wore myself out covering every ailse and every booth for at least three days and some times four. This time I have spent one day at the show and I’m not going back tomorrow and I only had to drive 45 miles. I was bored and tired by 1:00 PM.
The next time around they will not so easily get this old feller to put his old bones in his truck to make the 45 mile trek. I’ll just let all of the other people who got on airplanes and rented hotel rooms and paid for expensive meals to come to their own conclusions about the show. I reserve to have the right to my own opinion.
Two years ago, and in all previous years, there were two huge rooms full of equipment that was hooked up and running and with ceilings that are perhaps 30 or 40 feet tall and you could hardly even hear yourself think because of the noise. It was absolutely thrilling!!!!Today, I think you could have heard maybe a pin drop! Ho Hum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau