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Howie

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03-16-2012 09:46 PM

Started today. Totally disappointing. Been looking forward to this for 6 months. Wife and I have been going to these shows in this state and other states for several years. They seem to offer less and less. Cost me $25.00 for parking and admission so I don’t think I’ll be going next year.
Just my HO.
I’m not even going tomorrow to see Tommy Mac(wife said if it was Norm it would be different)

-- Life is good.


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Martyroc

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 10:12 PM

I hear ya, I went to the local one in NJ, it could be because my expectations were set too high. They had some pretty good lumber for sale and not too expensive, but the whole feel of the show was like someone through it together the night before. I am in the electronics industry and I am used to high end shows, booths that look like it took days to construct, lots a flashy graphics etc etc…
Even with my expectations lowered it was still sub par at best. And I agree with your wife, if Norm was there I would have went just for that.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Howie

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 10:19 PM

The food stand didn’t even have any benches to sit down on. I may have spent a little more time if I could have sat down somewhere for a few minutes.

-- Life is good.

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Roger

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#3 posted 03-16-2012 10:41 PM

I think it’s just bad times. But, it seems like it costs so much green to go, and/or do anything. It’s really ridiculous! Sorry to hear tho. This type of “entertainment” used to be more fun and affordable at one time

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Speednork

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#4 posted 03-16-2012 10:51 PM

I went to Indy in January. To be honest after your first trip the amazement kinda wears off. For me anyway. I will say I got a great bargain on quick grip clamps. I wish i would have bought a dozen of them.

-- In the time it takes some people to plan a project they could have built the project. Work from within not from paper.

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longgone

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#5 posted 03-16-2012 11:01 PM

I don’t think there has been a woodworking show here in Louisiana in many years…even when the so-called economy was better. Seems like a dying type of show. Sad…

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Woodwrecker

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#6 posted 03-16-2012 11:02 PM

I’m going tomorrow and I hope I didn’t waste my ticket ,money….

-- Eric, central Florida

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Howie

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#7 posted 03-17-2012 12:30 AM

Eric: I hope you have a good time. It was my intention to try and hook up with you around noon Saturday but I’m not going back. I have to go to Nashville Tn in the morning. Tell Tommie Mac Howie says hello. :-)

-- Life is good.

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Woodwrecker

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#8 posted 03-17-2012 01:32 AM

Howie,
I’m not much of a rough cut fan, (I still wish Norm had a show) but I am interested in meeting Tom Iovino from Tom’s Workbench.
Hope to meet up with you down the road.
Have a safe trip to Nashville.

-- Eric, central Florida

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Woodwrecker

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#9 posted 03-17-2012 07:58 PM

Howie,
I think they heard you at the Tampa show.
For Saturday, they had a ton of picnic benches in the food area, and all the presenters had capacity crowds.
I spent all of my allowance.
(“Honey, I’m just trying to help the economy recover!” ) lol

and Tommy said hi.
(It was great hanging out with him, and he is an excellent presenter.)

-- Eric, central Florida

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BilltheDiver

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#10 posted 03-18-2012 01:58 AM

I went friday and am going back sunday to attend one of the seminars and pick up a couple other things. I didn’t buy a whole lot this year, but I always enjoy nosing around the booths, and I always learn something, even if it’s only to get an idea for a jig I can build. It did seem a little smaller again, but there is always more to buy than I can afford anyway. I welcome any opportunity to hang out with other woodworkers and see what the various companies have to offer.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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