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Forum topic by sikrap posted 01-17-2011 06:03 AM 1160 views 1 time favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sikrap

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01-17-2011 06:03 AM

Well, the show’s over and I think it went well. Apparently, the show organizers were pleased with our participation because they’ve not only asked us back for next year, they want Lumberjocks to have a booth at ALL of their shows. They have also offered us twice as much space at next year’s show!! Not only that, we’ve been asked to have a booth at “Showcase” in Saratoga Springs, NY in March. Showcase is put on by the Northeast Woodworker’s Association. It as more geared to providing woodworkers with a venue to publicly display their projects and receive the accolades they deserve. It is focused more on showcasing woodworkers (hence the name), but what is lacking in vendors is more than made up for by having seminars by people like Garrett Hack, Frank Klaus, Christopher Schwartz and others. NWA has also offered to waive the both fee if we are willing to staff a booth. (Disclaimer: I AM a member of NWA, but I can assure everyone that my membership had no influence on Lumberjocks being invited).

I would like to thank everyone that stopped by the booth to say “Hello” and, especially thank Ellen, Lorna, Lisa, Bruce, Len, Tom, Tony, Devin, Rob, Barry, Glenn and everyone else who made our part work so well. These people gave up their weekend, drove hundreds of miles, brought in materials to display and computers to allow attendees to check out the site, gave GREAT demonstrations, and froze their butts off :))

There were some mistakes made, and I freely admit that, but I think we learned a great deal from those mistakes and also learned a few other things that we would like consider if/when we have a role in other shows. I would like to ask anyone who was there to send me your email address so we can exchange some ideas and critiques. I only ask to do it via email because its easier for me :)

Thank You!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY


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Dusty56

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 06:31 AM

Maybe you can persuade Martin , or the new management , to supply us with a real banner for the next event and some freebies to hand out as well. I’m hoping that you get reimbursed for your out of pocket expenses that you incurred to manage this event.
I forgot all about having a sign up sheet for present and potential LJ members that were at the show.
I spoke to numerous people that are highly interested in joining our team and it was great to meet with all of the current LJs that stopped by our booth : )
All in all , you did a wonderful job organizing this event , Dave .
Thank you for graciously taking over for me when I became unable to do so : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 11:33 AM

a big congratulations (and thank-you) Sikrap (and all the volunteers) for what sounds like a hugely successful venture.

Very impressive re: the requests for future events. Oh the possibilities!

Question: “real” banner?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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ellen35

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 01:03 PM

A big thank you to Dave for his organizational skills and willingness to do so much work in behalf of LJ. Any time we can get together to talk and do woodworking is a blast and talk we did!
Dave is correct… we came up with many ideas for next year. We had nothing to “sell” but our love of woodworking and our ability to communicate with like minded people all over the world.
MsDebbie… we need cards, brochures, etc as well as a banner that didn’t get lost on the wall!
Any group that would like to be a part of the Woodworking Show circuit, we’d love to share our thoughts and ideas. Just contact Dave… he is the repository of all our “show knowledge” and a really nice guy to deal with.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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moonls

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 03:56 PM

I fully agree with Ellen’s comments! Thanks again Dave. It was a pleasure to talk with you and several LJ’s about woodworking. I think we all came home energized to get back in the shop!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 06:26 PM

Hi MsDebbie , RE: REAL Banner
The one that we had was so small , you could have used it for a placemat on a card table !! LOL
We needed something that proclaimed LUMBERJOCKS . COM !!! , instead the banner and print size were a mere whisper when compared to other banners at the show.
I walked by the booth about six times before noticing it. : (
I think that it was better when placed in front of our booth table as suggested by the Ladies as opposed to getting lost on the divider curtain behind the booth ,even though I was originally looking upwards for an LJ banner.

Overall , it was such a wonderful experience to participate at the show and meet the people behind their projects that I’ve enjoyed so much : )
Len

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 06:53 PM

good to know
it’s a lot different seeing a banner “in hand” than hanging by a big display table in a big giant open area.
Thanks.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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DevinS

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 08:17 PM

I walked around for 20 minutes looking for the booth before Dave finally called me to see if I was coming. I didn’t realize there was a banner, even after I had found the booth!

I think we should forget making a banner, and make a big sign out of wood. It is a woodworking site after all. Now, if only we knew some skilled people who knew how to shape wood into some kind of giant sign that said Lumberjocks.com….

-- - Devin, Massashusetts

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MsDebbieP

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#8 posted 01-19-2011 08:26 PM

Devin.. funny.. funny!

Maybe you could carve a sign while you are there .. demonstration AND a sign – all in one :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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sikrap

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 08:58 PM

Hmmm, a sign instead of a banner. I would be all for that providing I’m not the one that has to transport it :))

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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DevinS

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#10 posted 01-20-2011 07:21 PM

RE: Maybe you could carve a sign while you are there .. demonstration AND a sign – all in one :)

Me and my big mouth, getting me in trouble again. :)

Idea: There are fifteen characters in LUMBERJOCKS.COM. If we could get several volunteers to take different characters and make them from scrap wood I bet it would make an impressive sign. Each character could showcase different woodworking skills, like the “E” could be joined by dovetails, or the “J” could be done by someone who knows wood bending. I imagine the ecliptic variety of wood and techniques would make a stunning visual contrast.

The only guideline that would have to be set would be size, for example:

  • Character lines must be 2.5” wide, 3/4” thick
  • Characters must be 12” tall and at it’s widest point 10”
  • Etc

After all of the letters were completed and collected in one area, they could be mounted on a backdrop of thin wood with some kind of border trim.

No calling the ”.”

Interest anyone? Is it too much?

-- - Devin, Massashusetts

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MsDebbieP

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#11 posted 01-20-2011 07:27 PM

that’s an awesome idea!
easily transported … very creative, definitely represents the site, the members, the trade …
brilliant.
You could even just prop them up, somehow, on the display table (just another option).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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reggiek

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#12 posted 01-20-2011 07:47 PM

You could also make each letter have a hook and hang them on a pole connected to the back drop or even hang them from the backdrop for that matter….that way they would be very portable.

Sounds like it was a lot of fun and very informative.

I learned one thing for sure when I helped a friend who did LOTs of craft and art shows – keep everything simple…..she was very well organized….everything was portable and fit neatly into labeled boxes….things were made to snap together or used wing nuts or other hand tightened connectors….she split up heavier items so that they could be carried by a person – most of these shows require you to port stuff to locations that can be pretty far from your vehicle. There are certainly more ways to make the experience easier….I am sure we have several LJ’s that do craft shows that can suggest ways to do this.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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