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Forum topic by Woodbum posted 01-07-2013 06:49 PM 1152 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2013 06:49 PM

Did anyone go to the Baltimore show? Was it any better than the shows in past years? Since there is no Dallas show this season, I guess I will drive to Kansas City from here in America’s crossroad, OKC. Last year’s Dallas show was pretty dismal, but TWWS is the only game in town here in the “Great Midwaste” or “Flyover Country” as we are unaffectionately called on both the left and right coasts. Someone on LJs said the show has a new owner? Anyone confirm or deny that with any background or other info? I long for TWWS of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. I guess attendance has been falling off in recent years. Hey! build a great show and they will come! Maybe

-- Improvidus, Apto quod Victum-- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome


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#1 posted 01-07-2013 07:02 PM

Hi -

I went on Saturday. As you probably know, the show has been shrinking over the past three years. It felt like to me that the show had about the same number of vendors as last year. It felt to me that there were fewer attendees because I was able to navigate easier than in the past few years. I also noticed more women at the show – they were there because of their interest in woodworking…that was new and excellent.

Someone mentioned to me that the show was sold and is now under new management. I’m hoping that they are in a rebuilding phase and things will improve in the coming years.

That said, I got a lot out of the show. I spent about $100 and got some good advice from Veritas about a shoulder plane. I also purchased a lovely walnut slab (green) for about $35.00… a great deal. Also, I was able to see the Festool Syslight in action. Whooaaa! That little sucker put out some blinding light….that is definitely on my wish list!

I plan on going next year….it’s a personal tradition.

If you have any other questions…just post them.

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#2 posted 01-07-2013 07:35 PM

We all long for TWWS of the 90’s, can I say Bill Clinton, but the show has been sold and the new owner is younger and energetic. There already have been some improvements, more education and tool manufacturers, but you have to keep in mind that you can’t turn it around in one season. Give him some time and I think he’s on the right track. When you see that the big tool makers are back then you know the show is getting better.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#3 posted 01-07-2013 07:41 PM

Earlextech: I noticed that your products are going to have a showing at the KC show. I will stop by your booth and check out your stuff. I am patient and will give them time to improve. TWWS is an annual pilgrimage for me. It is 100% my time for a couple of days. Thanks for the info!

-- Improvidus, Apto quod Victum-- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

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#4 posted 01-07-2013 08:02 PM

Oh…I kick of the new year, every year, at the show. This was the first time in ages that my young nephew didn’t join me.

By the way, I meant to visit you at your booth but I just didn’t get there. I’ll look for you next year!

I’ll be there next year!

Thanks Sam.

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#5 posted 01-07-2013 08:23 PM

Earleztech: My mistake. I guess you guys will not be in Kansas City after all. Oh well.

-- Improvidus, Apto quod Victum-- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

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#6 posted 01-07-2013 09:47 PM

I will be at every show this year. Feel free to stop by and say hello, even if you aren’t buying.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#7 posted 01-07-2013 10:38 PM

The WWS here in MA has also gone down hill over the years , but hopefully the new owners will get their act together and bring it back up to par. At one time the show and vendors filled the entire building but now it is between 1/4 to a third of its former size. One year they actually had two shows going on at the same time and most all of the vendors went to the bigger show , leaving us with the sideshow vendors that sell router bits for a couple bucks each as well as other useless $&#@. They still charged us full admission price plus parking fees.
I may not attend this year due to a knee injury , but that will be the first time since the mid-late’80’s for me.
It’s my once a year get-a-way total weekend to myself experience.

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

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#8 posted 01-08-2013 12:00 AM

I agree…it’s fun just to slug around and buy a few things and just enjoy. I wish I saw more young people. It’s pretty much a bunch of old white guys. I’d love to see more young people, females and people of all colors. The hobby could use the infusion of youth and diversity.

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#9 posted 01-08-2013 12:20 AM

LOL , I think you’re right about the old white guy convention ! Hahahaha Now move along , sonny : )

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

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#10 posted 01-08-2013 12:44 AM

I was at the show on Saturday, and met several LJs there.

My thoughts are that a somewhat larger crowd was there; though, this is just my feeling. Certainly, stationery equipment manufacturers, other than Legacy and Felder, skipped the show. The Felder booth had their Hammer line (Joiner / Planer), Sliding Table, and the N4400 Bandsaw – there was considerable traffic through the booth while I was there (about 20 minutes). Legacy, while I like their equipment, seems to spend more time demonstrating their computer program, rather than the woodworking equipment – just my observation.

Festool, Bosch, Makita, and Dewalt/PC were there in strength; and Lee Valley did their usual fine job of displaying and demonstrating their tools. Earlex had an effective setup – I tip my hat to Earlextech. Also, surprisingly, there were probably 10+ seminar venues, and these were well-attended. Rounding-out the show were several local “Turning’ groups.
I’m sure I’ve missed something ….

Potential exhibitors have natural competition from websites – any interest they generate will result in a web-based purchase several days later. I’m not sure that much will draw them back to the show. For Felder, it’s a way to become better known among American woodworkers, and their Hammer line – expensive as it is – competes on power, safety, and functionality relative to PM, Grizzly, and others.

MJCD

-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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#11 posted 01-08-2013 01:09 AM

That’s “Mr. Sonny” to you! :)

I’m sure that when you attended had a lot to do with your assessment of crowd size. I loved the Festool and Veritas booths.

Did you happen to see the Systlight? That was damned bright!

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#12 posted 01-08-2013 03:56 AM

I’m referring to the Show here in MA : )

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

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#13 posted 01-08-2013 04:03 AM

Since I live in KC, I usually go every year. It will be in a new location this yr. The old site as in Overland Park, the show was always cramped. Hard to navigate. This yr, I think it will be at the Kemper Arena grounds. So hopefully a larger venue. It is the same stuff every yr it seems, but it is a good chance to get some good prices on supplies and other junk.

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#14 posted 01-08-2013 12:16 PM

My wife and I have been going for several years (she has the checkbook!) as we usually go to a seminar or two. Last year it was not very impressive and we only stayed less than 2 hours. It’s in March here in Tampa and I don’t think we will even go this year. I’m going to have to see some advertising and then make up my mind.

-- Life is good.

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#15 posted 01-08-2013 01:42 PM

Thanks MJCD! I thought the show already showed some improvement and most vendors agreed that things are looking up.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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