This was one of the most unique shows we’ve had in quite a while. What the woodworking show means to our attendees couldn’t have been more evident than this last weekend in Indianapolis. The venue was in the Indiana State Fairgrounds on the same weekend as a gun show. Times being what they are, the gun show drew crowds that all but completely overwhelmed the ability of the fair authority to provide adequate parking. In spite of the prospect of a very long trek in cold weather, we still had some of the best crowds of the season. They kept their sense of humor and came ready to enjoy every part of what a woodworking show has to offer. The educational seminars were filled to overflowing and the vendors saw robust sales. One of the retail booths decided to capitalize on his take of the weekends events with a very inventive sign.
Many of the attendees have learned that a visit to see the “Crazy Canadian” will provide some great entertainment built around Paul Moore’s seminars. What people may not know is how talented this showman is. Many of his designs have become very popular tools and his band saw sled was on display this weekend as were examples of what can be produced. This book matched resaw was a real accomplishment on a 14″ band saw. Just think of the possibilities.
I liked the poster that we’ll comes you into the Central Indiana Woodworkers booth. This group produces a number of gifts that are donated to charity. A great bunch of very nice people.
As always, the Woman’s Woodworking Guild of Indiana displayed projects covering nearly every aspect of their craft. Benches, turned vases as well as chain saw figures and more, filled the booth.
The Project Showcase had some very nice efforts this last weekend also. By a very pleasant coincidence, my favorite project took first place. The “Japanese Influenced Bench” by Cindy Cwi was nicely designed and featured a bit of sap in the Mahogany top.
Robert Hammond’s “Bull-Dozer” took second place and took full advantage of some Walnut to accent the very intricate pieces. Third place was the “Baby Grand Piano” by eleven year old Jaida Waggoner. Her dad provided encouragement while she built this workable project. Pretty cool!
Each of the winners took home a tool donated by the Bosch Tol Company and the winner will join other local show winners for a grand prize juding held at our last event of the season. This year, we will also award a lifetime free admission to the Woodworking Shows to the grand prize winner.
Everyone associated with the show hopes to find ways to attract and encourage young woodworkers like Jaida. Craft Supply’s Kirk DeHeer shows an aspiring woodworker how to turn a pen that she can take home. These free classes are very popular and with good reason. These kids will never forget the experience.
The Woodworking Shows travels to Kansas City on January 24-26. This is a new venue. We will be at the Kemper Arena Grounds, American Royal Court, KC, MO. Another of the “Big Ten”, this is a very popular stop in the tour and we expect a full house. You’ll find some great deals on power and hand tools and free educational seminars on nearly every facet of our beloved craft. Do yourself a favor and preregister at thewoodworkingshows.com site to save some money and time in bypassing the long lines at the gate. If you come to the show, please stop in at the WOOD booth and get some pointers on applying that perfect finish. I promise a lot of information with tips and techniques you’ll use every day.
We are very proud of The Woodworking Show and eager to share our experience with you. Enjoy a day or the entire weekend with us. You’ll be glad you did.
I’ll see you on the road.
WOOD Magazine Traveling Ambassador