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Howie

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522 days ago

I would only give it 2-1/2 stars this year. When I first started going to these shows they were really big with lots of vendors. They seem to be getting smaller every year. The seminars are good though.
Just mho.

-- Life is good.


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#1 posted 522 days ago

I stopped going to the shows a few years ago for that reason, reduced woodworking related vendors, and increased non-woodworking related vendors such gutter protection, lawn care, etc.

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#2 posted 522 days ago

Howie.
Here is the comment I posted on grosa’s forum post describing the same experience at the show.

I worked our both at the show yesterday for the Central Florida Woodworkers Guild (cfwg.org), and it was different from as recent as one year ago.
The home show running concurrently with the woodworking show drew a much larger crowd.
Less machine companies; more nick-knack producers.
I was waiting to turn a corner as see the Vega-matic salesman.
Very, very few young people attended. As those that did, were more interested in what was playing on their smart phones then what the guilds and woodworking clubs were displaying.
There are still those who truly love the craft and came by to inspect and appreciate the projects my guild had on display, and we had many friendly contacts, but it is changing.
The woodworkers working the other booths who came by said the same thing.
The average age of the attendee is older, and the Bosch booth across from us had poor sales during the time I was there. The salesman from Bosch – who was a very nice fella – said that he works these shows and has noticed a steady decline as well.
There were still some magnificent examples of craftsmanship to be found which was very gratifying, but mostly missed by the very old or very young, which made up a substantial portion of the crowd.
Peachtree had the biggest sales, but for what?, push sticks and sand paper?
It was still nice to meet and greet fellow woodworkers and discuss our love of the craft, but it is definitely changing.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#3 posted 522 days ago

I agree that the guild displays were very interesting and the craftsmanship displayed was outstanding.
But,Frankly if it weren’t for the guild displays and seminars I might as well went to the local stores. Even at that I have seen these seminars years after years so they were informative but nothing really new.
I spent $27 before the doors even opened and there was only one chair to sit on at the food booth unless you wanted to go outside.
Just doesn’t seem to be value added for the dollars.

-- Life is good.

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