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WE’RE BACK IN TEXAS

 

Last weekend, October 25-27, The Woodworking Shows returned to the great state of Texas. The late sale of the show in 2012 kept our new owner from securing venues for the Fall portion of the show circuit last year and we were left, sadly, with nothing to do until January. Hope springs eternal and now we’re back with a mix of the things that you’ve grown accustom to. We’ve also added, in selected markets, a return to some paid seminars. Mark Adams will be teaching these 2 hour classes to those interested in a more in-depth look at a variety of subjects. Check thewoodworkingshows.com for more information on this as well as the free seminars, instructors and content available each weekend at every show.

Our venue this last weekend in Mesquite was nicely attended and, other than a pretty nasty storm on Saturday night, the weather cooperated all weekend long. For those more seasoned woodworkers, and I consider myself a charter member of that group, there was a tool on display that we haven’t seen in quite a while. Shopsmith brought out their new Mark 7.

 

 

This multifunctional tool mates a table saw, lathe, shaper, drill press, bandsaw and more to a single “smart” motor capable of powering any attachment with speeds, torque and direction set digitally. Needless to say, this very unique tool garnered a lot of attention. Those who own one of the previous iterations of a Shopsmith found that they can upgrade their older units with that same “smarty pants” motor. Pretty cool.

Not to be outdone, Jet/Powermatic had a very nice display of heavy iron. A table saw, drill press and a host of other tools graced the show floor and Legacy Woodworking Machinery ran CNC mills hands on programming and operation classes as well. Epilog and Carvewright were present to show off their wares also.

 

Local woodworking clubs were on hand to display the projects done by members. This jewelry box was one of my personal favorites and the barnyard carving was really good. Mrs. O’Leary looked younger somehow.

There were also a couple of beautiful guitars on display by Aaron Ringo. The Mahogany instrument was made of a single piece of stock for the sides and neck. Just amazing. It also sounded as nice as it looked.

New this season is a change to the Project Showcase. We still hope to convince local woodworkers to submit their prized projects and be a part of each week’s contest so we’ve broadened the categories to make the competition more diverse. Separate categories for furniture, turning, an open class and more. Check the show site for more information.

And speaking of the Project Showcase, this last weekend G.T. Robinson took 1st place in Furniture for his Table/Stool Combo. First place in Turnings/Decor went to John Horn for his Chess Pieces. In the Open category, the Carvings of David Borg won first place and David was also awarded both the People’s Choice and the Educator’s Choice awards. All of these winners received a tool from the Bosch Tool Company as well as additional prizes from some of our other show sponsors.

It’s great to be back out on the road again and meeting up with fellow woodworkers who share the same passion, spending a long day in the shop building something cool without hurting yourself. When you come to the show, plan on spending the whole weekend if you can. There is so much to see and so many seminars that you’ll never see them all. What a great problem to have! And you won’t need Band-Aids! Please make a stop in the WOOD Magazine booth, too. Cabinet Construction is the topic this season. Bring a pencil, story and a joke. You’re always welcome.

We will be in California for the next two weeks, first in Costa Mesa at the OC Fair and Event Center on November 1-3 and then its north to Sacramento at the Cal Expo on November 8-10. These will both be big shows so it’s a good idea to buy your tickets on line. You’ll save a couple of bucks and skip the lines. Two good things. See you there!

‘Til then, I’ll see you on the road.

Jim Heavey

WOOD Magazine Traveling Ambassador

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