My normal Thursday routine during the woodworking show season changed this week when I drove past the airport and continued another three and one half hours to Indianapolis, Indiana. I have to admit that not seeing those smiling TSA faces was a welcome start to what would be a very good weekend. The drive is a boring one with nothing to see but empty farm fields for the last two hours into Indy. Those wide open fields though were the perfect place for a large wind farm about an hour north of the venue. Seeing them from a distance was impressive but I was really amazed at how large they are when you see them up close. I’ve read about the complaints that these windmills seem to draw from nearby land owners but I can’t help the thoughts of the immense elegance that these power generators have.
The drive made me hungry and the thought of going right to the noisy cluttered venue was something I wanted to delay. About 10 minutes from the show was the Indianapolis Museum of Art where I knew I could get a quick bite and a quiet unhurried walk through the galleries.
This museum is free and was surprisingly empty. I was told that I’d picked the right time of the day. I like kids but, had I seen a parking lot full of school buses, I probably would have driven by. On display was a circa 1900 cabinet that exemplified the Art Nouveau movement. The organic carvings and the wrap around metal hinges were the personification of craftsmanship.
Attendance at the show was very good on Friday and Saturday but a bit light on Sunday. The Colts were in the playoffs and they were playing at home. In anticipation, one of the vendors had a monitor in the booth with the pregame coverage as well as kick off. It didn’t help. This was the playoffs after all. On Friday, a local TV station came in to interview some of the vendors and clubs. They spent time with my brother, Mike, in Cabinet Refinishing and with the Women’s Woodworkers Guild among others.
In the Show Off area, the rocking chair took top honors this week with a good showing by a well crafted jewelry box. In general the aisles were packed, the seminars full and the attendees were buying so we had another successful weekend. I had a man in my seminar who said that he has budgeted $40,000 to build his dream shop and to house his relatively recent $20,000 tool purchase. I may be older but I’m still adoptable.
Next week’s show in Atlanta will restart the routine again. My car will make the turn into O’Hare airport like it wanted to last Thursday. TSA will be smiling. All is right with the world. If you’re in Atlanta, come in and soak up the excitement.
“Til then, see you on the road.
WOOD Magazine’s Traveling Ambassador
Categories: Woodworking Show Reports | Tags: Art Nouveau, Indiana Chapter of American Association of Woodturners, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Museaum of Art, Jim Heavey, Tiffany Studio, Windmills, Women's Woodworking Guild, WOOD Magazine Traveling Ambassador
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