If there was any wonder whether the Woodworking Shows’ Big Ten series would continue to provide another great weekend experience for attendees and vendors, ring up the Columbus venue this last weekend as a winner. The show opened on Friday, February 2nd, to a packed house and it stayed busy until the early afternoon on Sunday. I think that it’s pretty encouraging to hear people complaining that they had trouble navigating the crowded aisles and they just didn’t have time to take in all the educational opportunities. A couple of the vendors were upset that they had run out of stock and had to ship purchases. Not a bad weekend, all in all.
For me, one of the highlights was the return of the Columbus Idea Foundry. With the promise of a much larger exhibit space, Alex and Company brought examples of the many disciplines that the community workshop both teaches and encourages. Adhering to their motto of “Knowledge, Talent and Mischief”, they had something to interest everyone. The scorpion circular saw racer was something that every serious tool freak should have. OK, maybe not. There was even a smithy’s furnace there and attendees watched a demonstration on metal forming. A project car, the “Inhaler”, is a collaboration of the foundry and Todd Perkins Design and it garnered a great deal of attention. Information on this very interesting group and concept can be found at www.columbusideafoundry.com.
in an attempt to service those woodworkers without a full complement of tools or lacking the space to build their project, the Build More Workshop people were on hand to answer questions about this somewhat unique enterprise. Hourly and monthly rates are available to use this complete workshop that is open to the general public. President Brian Blum told me that both woodworkers and metal workers have access to the tools, advise and space they’ll need for almost any project. You can get any additional information from them at www.buildmoreworkshop.com.
If you came out to the show, hopefully you got a chance to spend some time with Ralph Jones, the host of one of our most popular forums. Ralph has a lot of knowledge and was more than willing to share it.
The winner of the Show Off Showcase in Columbus was John Haywood’s “Rustic yet elegant log dresser”. This was one of the most uniquely compelling projects this season and the construction and finish were very well executed. John claimed a Bosch Power Box shop radio as his prize. His project will be entered in the final judging in Houston this coming April.
Second place went to Anthony Stineburg for his cherry “Entertainment cabinet. And finally, the third place entry was a “Canister set” by Philip Davis. Each of these two entries received a Bosch tool also.
I can all but bet that St Louis, the sixth venue in the Woodworking Show’s Big Ten series, will be as big a success as the previous five have been. We don’t call ‘em the Big Ten for nothin. The venue at the Gateway Center in Collinsville has always been a favorite of local woodworking enthusiasts and when we arrive on February 10-12, I expect that a record number will have made the annual pilgrimage once again. If you are planning to attend, and I hope that you will, you should preregister to avoid the inevitable lines at the door. And follow this link to save two bucks off your admission. http://thewoodworkingshows.com/styled-6/index.html. There is a lot to see and do and you’ll be glad you made the trip. I will be in the WOOD Magazine booth in the hallway just off the show floor. Come out and see how a little “Embellishment” can add interest and a personal touch to that special project.
‘Til then, I’ll see you on the road.
WOOD Magazine Traveling Ambassador
Categories: Woodworking Show Reports | Tags: Bosch Tools, Build More Workshop, Columbus Idea Foundry, Columbus Woodworking Show, Jim Heavey, Ralph Jones, The Woodworking Shows, WOOD Magazine Traveling Ambassador
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