Woodworkers Discuss WoodExpo Success 2012: Woodchat Transcript February 29, 2012



On February 29 Woodchat got together to discuss the great success of WoodExpo 2012.

Woodchat Transcript February 22, 2012 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern

@uppercutwood: #woodchat we need a topic for Wednesday – what are your ideas? http://t.co/XbQs2mvQ

@uppercutwood: @Tumblewood @WoodExpo2012 great idea WoodExpo wrap up @Furnitology @SplinteredBoard @EliCleveland @Morton can you stop by #woodchat Weds?

@cobwobbler: @uppercutwood #woodchat how about what could you build using only a swiss army knife?

@Morton: @uppercutwood I’ll try to stop by tonight too for #woodchat #crossfingers

@swedishiron: RT @uppercutwood: Vics idea 4 @WoodExpoUS 2012 wrap up w/ @Furnitology @SplinteredBoard @EliCleveland @JustinDiPalma @Morton #woodchat Weds?

@newfwoodworker: Anyone know the topic for #woodchat this evening?

@Torch02: @newfwoodworker I think #woodchat is recapping @WoodExpoUS 2012

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood is #woodchat at 9 est?

@Buceywoodworks: well acouple fractures, stitches and a removal of my toe nail, what a great day!! Im ready for some #woodchat

@WatkinsWoodWork: 30 min until #woodchat think I can get a 4th coat on the bobbin box? Gotta give it a go.

@MKatFWW: Where’s #woodchat tonight?

@DyamiPlotke: RT @MKatFWW Where’s #woodchat tonight? – right here on twitter in just under 30 minutes.

@ramblinrdesigns: Got to dine and dance tonight. I’ll try not to munch too loudly (or get my supper all over the keyboard. Hello all. #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @uppercutwood Awaiting instructions on what you need from me to help out with woodchat website #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: #woodchat is going to be share my attention span with Oh Brother where art thou tonight

@ramblinrdesigns: @EliCleveland Yes. Woodchat starts at 9pm est, 8pm central, etc. #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @DavidJUlschmid That’s a good one. I watched it years ago. Good music as I recall. #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: #woodchat Is this a good deal on spalted maple? http://t.co/5reEq0gG $31 / bd ft

@FlairWoodworks: #woodchat in 5 minutes but I won’t be home in time…

@ramblinrdesigns: @DavidJUlschmid $31 per BF? Sounds way too high. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: Whoa, almost forgot about tonight….. Busy building my WP site so don’t know how much I’ll be involved.. What’s the topic? #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: @FromTheWoodshop #woodchat I don’t know what the topic is. How about $31 / bd ft lumber? http://t.co/5reEq0gG

@uppercutwood: Hey woodchat! Tonight we’ll be hearing the wrap-up of @WoodExpo2012 from #EliCleveland! #woodchat

@sharpendwood: RT @uppercutwood: Hey woodchat! Tonight we’ll be hearing the wrap-up of @WoodExpo2012 from #EliCleveland! #woodchat

@EliCleveland: Hello! Thanks for inviting me back. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: P.S. O, Brother is one of my favorite movies. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @DavidJUlschmid WAY too high for domestic lumber. I don’t pay that much for Teak and that’s one of the more expensive woods… #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland Hey we heard it was a great show and that NBSS did well #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: #woodchat. Solid Oak and Rubber Tubes. Interesting Book Shelf design. http://t.co/EUE6jfS8

@ramblinrdesigns: @DavidJUlschmid Plus it’s actually $34.31 per bf including the shipping #woodchat

@EliCleveland: The show went really well. @NBSSboston students/alum took all of the prizes. #woodchat

@Buceywoodworks: Good Evening #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @DavidJUlschmid It’s a nice piece, but not that nice! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland how was the customer flow through the show? #woodchat

@Furnitology: Hello everybody! #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: good evening all #woodchat

@CoolToolShed: Evening all! Newby here! #woodchat

@EliCleveland: We had a steady crowd. Saturday was the busiest day by far. It always is. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Furnitology Neil! Good to see you buddy I just saw @celamens Monday night. #woodchat

@TheRealNeal: Hello everyone! #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: Hello @CoolToolShed Welcome to #woodchat

@JimAAshley: Hi folks! #woodchat

@Buceywoodworks: Hey Neil how are you #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @CoolToolShed Welcome. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: We had two sales, and I’ve heard reports of a number of jobs. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: I had a great time there, big thanks to @furnitology @elicleveland @splinteredboard @Justindipalma and @swedishiron well done guys #woodchat

@swedishiron: Hello Neil, Eli and Everyone.. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: So tonight I want to focus on learning what we can from @WoodExpo2012: how to prepare for a show, what customers are looking for #woodchat

@BillGriggs: Good evening woodworkers. It’s time for another #woodchat

@Morton: I’m following up with a potential from @WoodExpoUS tonight. We’ll see – dunno anything until I broach cost. #woodchat

@GregoryJPaolini: Hola Amigos! First time here on #woodchat

@MKatFWW: @DavidJUlschmid @fromthewoodshop personally, I don’t like splayed woods. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @MansFineFurn You’re welcome. Thanks for coming out and for that great write-up. #woodchat

@Morton: @EliCleveland Saturday was busiest number of people – but I had almost as many potential conversations on Sunday #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @EliCleveland glad you liked it #woodchat

@MKatFWW: @DavidJUlschmid @fromthewoodshop personally, I don’t like splayed woods. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @MansFineFurn You’re welcome. Thanks for coming out and for that great write-up. #woodchat

@Morton: @EliCleveland Saturday was busiest number of people – but I had almost as many potential conversations on Sunday #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @EliCleveland glad you liked it #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @GregoryJPaolini Welcome. #woodchat

@MKatFWW: @GregoryJPaolini what luck. I’m here for the 2nd time. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: One of the major things that I noticed, and a focus for next year, is preparing makers for the show. #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @uppercutwood Are you including craft/art shows or more wood vendor shows? #woodchat

@EliCleveland: There’s a lot of talk about educating consumers, but it goes both ways. @theboisshop is very astute on this point. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: Hello y’all..sorry I’m late #woodchat

@GregoryJPaolini: @MKatFWW I don’t buy it for a second. You live on twitter!!! #woodchat

@garagewoodworks: Just stumbled in. 1st timer too. #woodchat

@MKatFWW: @davidjulschmid @fromthewoodshop Splayed? Curse autocorrect! #woodchat

@Morton: @EliCleveland You saying I wasn’t prepared?! 🙂 The big thing @theboisshop and I spoke about was maker’s learning from the crowd #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland I bet, I’m sure woodworkers need to learn how to talk to “people” #woodchat

@MKatFWW: @GregoryJPaolini no. I’ve got a Matt bot doing all my tweets. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @garagewoodworks welcome! #woodchat

@theboisshop: @Morton I believe that was a “silent rant”, was it not? #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @EliCleveland I need to start writing my blog more client based. #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @garagewoodworks Welcome. Glad you could join us. #woodchat

@Morton: @theboisshop It’s getting louder now. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @MKatFWW Granted that’s a pretty wild looking piece, but still. a lot of $$ IMO.. #woodchat

@WatkinsWoodWork: Whew got into the groove with the last coat of finish and can now get my chat on #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @Morton Haha, you did alright. But as a whole there’s still a disconnect. #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @garagewoodworks welcome Brian. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @theboisshop how about sharing the rant here? #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: I haven’t attended a “wood” show yet. Too far away and too costly. I’m hoping to make it to the one in Louisville. #woodchat

@kingfinny: Representing Mid-Atlantic MWA @RenaissanceWW @TheRealNeal #woodchat http://t.co/7qd2YjkU

@JohnVerreault: @GregoryJPaolini #woodchat Just got my Paolini Rulers from Woodpecker!! Woohoo! & my Bessey Xmas clamps arrived…now for the lottery. ;^)

@MansFineFurn: Not sure I captured @elicleveland or @theboisshop ‘s points here: http://t.co/9vOzYyg7 read more about it if you haven’t already #woodchat

@JimAAshley: @EliCleveland Two things I noted were 1) more real estate, and 2) better location from 2011. #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @FromTheWoodshop What theme are you using? #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: I suspect the real cost would be in all the stuff I’d want to buy. #woodchat

@Buceywoodworks: @Morton @EliCleveland @theboisshop Do you feel that maybe the demonstrations from the woodworkers effects the consumers #woodchat

@garagewoodworks: @BillGriggs Thank you. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @JimAAshley Yeah, we made some major upgrades for this year. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: FYI if you’re on the west coast, and looking for shows, this magazine has a list in the back http://t.co/yWVS7wXW #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @EliCleveland My wife thinks I need to tailor my entire online persona to be a designer/builder #woodchat

@theboisshop: @uppercutwood Matt, I’m planning a blog post on it – but in short woodworkers need to stop blaming “the wrong buyers” #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @BillGriggs trying out a Wootheme.. Swatch.. Just learning WP and it’s kicking my a$$. But it was free… #woodchat

@BillGriggs: My son and I made some turned wooden pens this week. Lots of fun and he learns fast. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland what were the upgrades? #woodchat

@GregoryJPaolini: @MKatFWW I need a Matt Bot.!!! Don’t let any of my editors know I’m here, rather than working on writing articles and books!!! #woodchat

@sharpendwood: RT @uppercutwood: FYI if you’re on the west coast, and looking for shows,this magazine has a list in the back http://t.co/JoCdYjcF #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @Buceywoodworks I think the demos give people some insight into the piece and spark conversation. Make things more casual. #woodchat

@TheRealNeal: @kingfinny @Renaissanceww Hey neighbor! #woodchat

@MKatFWW: @GregoryJPaolini too late. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @theboisshop I think it’s like everything. You dress, etc for the position you want. Not the one you’re in. #woodchat

@Morton: @Buceywoodworks @elicleveland @theboisshop I think the demo’s only effect consumers in a good way-it’s really hand-crafted. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @theboisshop I agree completely. #woodchat

@WatkinsWoodWork: What’s the draw for a left coaster to make the trip for next years show? What’s different from any of the other shows out there? #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: Best thing I learned at WoodExpo: Learning to Pass on a job when its not worth it. Practiced it today! #woodchat

@swedishiron: I agree as well @theboisshop , quote “work has to sell itself, but to do so prospective clients have to be able to encounter it” #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood Almost everything, space, location, schedule, presentation, etc. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Morton so they love to see how the work is done? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn tell me more #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @MansFineFurn Do you use goal seek in Excel? It’s very handy #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland sounds like you guys put in a lot of work #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @MansFineFurn That is sometimes VERY hard to do…. Especially when you’re hungry :-O #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @FromTheWoodshop Just learning WP and it’s kicking my a$$ I’m pretty familiar with WP, drop me at Ben’s Workshop, maybe I can help #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: Hello #woodchat I for one had a great time at WoodExpo2012 anyone who can should aim for 2013.

@DavidJUlschmid: RT @Tumblewood: @theboisshop I think it’s like everything. You dress, etc for the position you want. Not the one you’re in. #woodchat


@EliCleveland: @WatkinsWoodWork We let the makers and buyers interact in a unique way. There’s an informality(?) that encourages conversation. #woodchat

@Morton: @uppercutwood The organizers put in a TON of work to make this happen. They did an amazing job; getting better each year! #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @DyamiPlotke I’m going to try. Logistics..but, I think it seems a valuable show. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland informality = casual I assume? #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: Yes, but you can’t do work for less than your time is worth (better to spend time designing for next woodexpo/growing business) #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @MansFineFurn It’s aquick way to see if a job is worth your time. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @benjamenjohnson wow, that would be awesome. not knowing any code trying to figure out what the templates allow/don’t allow is .. #woodchat

@garagewoodworks: I’ll be back in a sec. Someone write everything down so I don’t miss it.. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Morton were woodworkers working during the show? benches, planes, chisels, etc? #woodchat

@WatkinsWoodWork: @EliCleveland But doesn’t that still come down to the maker getting out of that comfort zone and engaging the crowd? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @garagewoodworks yes, I capture transcripts at http://t.co/XbQs2mvQ #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: @Tumblewood I’d love to see you at #woodexpo, Vic. As #WIA fragmentation will likely keep us apart in October. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @benjamenjohnson looks like we are kinda close (@4 hours away). how much snow you get today? #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @Furnitology Did you say there is no vendor fee? How does the show make its’ money? #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @Furnitology Hey Neil!! Welcome!! #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @WatkinsWoodWork Beyond your comfort zone is where the money is stored. #woodchat

@theboisshop: @WatkinsWoodWork We spend so much time in the shop, any time engaging a crowd should be welcome! #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: @garagewoodworks don’t fear. #woodchat transcripts get posted.

@DavidJUlschmid: #woodchat Does anyone put a “Time Budget” on a piece. To push yourself to get it done in a reasonable amount of time. Focus on DONE!?!??!

@uppercutwood: @WatkinsWoodWork that’s true for any salesman, isn’t it? #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @FromTheWoodshop def. not easy, for sure. #woodchat

@BillGriggs: RT @theboisshop: @WatkinsWoodWork We spend so much time in the shop, any time engaging a crowd should be welcome! #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @WatkinsWoodWork Absolutely. The dynamic makes it easier. It’s not so obvious that this is about sales, so buyers are disarmed. #woodchat

@Morton: @uppercutwood There are benches ready to use by the makers. Good way to engage the crowd, but usually the more woodworker-type #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @theboisshop i got a job in computers to avoid people. oops my org size is about 80 people. #woodchat

@sharpendwood: I wonder if attendees are surprised by 1) # of custom makers and 2) diversity/quality of work #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: I assume the “customers” are all woodworkers themselves, or wanna bees #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: @Tumblewood @MansFineFurn I really like Excel and do some VBA coding, but I’ve never used Goal Seek. Going to look into it Thanks, #woodchat

@WatkinsWoodWork: @EliCleveland Makes sense #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @FromTheWoodshop Maybe 6 inches, but it was wet and heavy. Clogged my snow blower every 20 feet or so, ended up shoveling a lot. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @ramblinrdesigns We think the free space is an important piece. We strip away all of the barriers except desire to be there. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ramblinrdesigns nope, they are at the home show – they are just consumers, that’s what makes it special! #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @ramblinrdesigns No, they are a mix. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @WatkinsWoodWork thats part of it, but also designing for the type of folks likely to attnd. & give them a way into fine furn. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @ramblinrdesigns It’s held in a home show, so about 20,000 home-owners are coming through. #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: @sharpendwood I suspect so, as they are mostly standard home show attendees. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @benjamenjohnson looked at your site.. your MILES ahead of me.. Thank’s for the offer!!!! Possibly tomorrow if that’s OK.. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: For woodworkers that attended woodexpo, what are the tips you’d give for preparing for a consumer focused show? #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @WatkinsWoodWork thats part of it, but also designing for the type of folks likely to attnd. & give them a way into fine furn. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @ramblinrdesigns It’s held in a home show, so about 20,000 home-owners are coming through. #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: @sharpendwood I suspect so, as they are mostly standard home show attendees. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @benjamenjohnson looked at your site.. your MILES ahead of me.. Thank’s for the offer!!!! Possibly tomorrow if that’s OK.. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: For woodworkers that attended woodexpo, what are the tips you’d give for preparing for a consumer focused show? #woodchat

@Furnitology: @ramblinrdesigns show owners are wking with us-we bring in traffic and this year WoodExpo was a destination within NE home Show #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @benjamenjohnson alomst 2 feet here along the lake.. wet and heavy. still coming down. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: 20,000! RT @EliCleveland: @ramblinrdesigns Its held in a home show, so about 20,000 home-owners are coming through. #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: So it’s more consumer oriented than trade? #woodchat

@woodbard: Just checking in, making sure everyone’s behaving. 🙂 Nice to see this crowd! #woodchat
@sharpendwood: Really awesome that there’s no space fee #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: I wrote about some of the markets/audiences/customers I observed at the show http://t.co/9vOzYyg7 maybe missed some. #woodchat

@garagewoodworks: Cool. Thanks. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood Build for the client-base! Price-point is HUGE here. Don’t compromise quality, just design efficiently. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodbard great to see you Al! we’re chatting about @WoodExpo2012 #woodchat

@WatkinsWoodWork: What kind of displays were put on by the different makers? My hurdle would be transporting goods and tools from the WC #woodchat

@GregoryJPaolini: @DavidJUlschmid good point. IMO, one of the most important parts of a successful woodwork business is to focus on business first. #woodchat

@sharpendwood: Hopefully shows like this cause people to look more at the small boutique shop vs big box #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @woodbard Evening Al #woodchat

@woodbard: @uppercutwood Sorry I missed all the happenings. Congrats to Neil, Eli, and the entire crowd! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: MT @MansFineFurn: I wrote about some of the audiences/customers I observed at the show http://t.co/m9VavDfk maybe missed some. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @ramblinrdesigns Right. The makers aren’t divided, so they can represent the craft first, rather than competing factions. #woodchat

@Furnitology: @ramblinrdesigns not necessarily….sales to occur and after show contacts are made by those participating #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: This is different from WWIA. Where is this years expo located? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland what about multiple-production machines #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @FromTheWoodshop Sure, tomorrow’s good. Wow 2 feet. If it’s heavy at least there’s no drifting. #woodchat

@woodbard: @Tumblewood Hi, Vic. Hope all’s well. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Fixed RT @uppercutwood: @EliCleveland what about making multiples of a project #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @ramblinrdesigns For now, the show stays in Boston. We’re not travelling yet. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @MansFineFurn What is the price point for this consumer base? #woodchat

@swedishiron: @MansFineFurn your posts list of audiences was pretty accurate. Could break down WW’ers into smaller buckets easily I guess #woodchat

@Furnitology: @WatkinsWoodWork transportin is part of furniture design…..maybe your approach wins the most Creative Award #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @Furnitology I might just drive #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood Another great way to bring down prices. Jigs, fixtures, etc. save time if used appropriately. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @elicleveland @swedishiron @furnitology so when will the official WoodExpo 2012 webpage go up? #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @benjamenjohnson I have a full sized 4×4 with knobby snow tires and still couldn’t do much… a LOT of weight on the roof! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Tumblewood you’re nuts that’s a long drive! #woodchat

@Furnitology: @ramblinrdesigns Much much different…its about giving an individuals design a chance to get exposed to the buying public #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @Tumblewood My guess is around $1,500. Enough to respect but not be afraid of. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @uppercutwood My upcoming designs, outside of lamps..are too big to ship #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland what woods, styles, pieces, finishes are people most interested in? #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @MansFineFurn We’re losing sleep over it. We’ll spread the word as soon as it goes live. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @Tumblewood Tough one, I’d guess $1000-$1400 as entry point, always nice to have high-end eye candy to lure em in though. Homeshow #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @EliCleveland OK..so, I want to stick with things like lamps. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @EliCleveland Smaller pieces / builds #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Tumblewood Vic loves lamp. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @Tumblewood No, I’d say bring lamps, but bring the high-end too. Show your range #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood Our two sales this year were a contemporary and a traditional, but in the past contemporary has been more popular. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @EliCleveland Don’t lose sleep over it. just askin’! #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: @Tumblewood @EliCleveland Vic, what are you thinking about building to offer for sale? #woodchat

@swedishiron: @Tumblewood accessories and lamps so far have been a hit with clients, they do stand out nicely with all the furniture pieces #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn are the smaller/less expensive pieces gateway drugs to larger sales? #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @uppercutwood I love design…don’t care what form #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: RT @uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn are the smaller/less expensive pieces gateway drugs to larger sales? #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: Do you think one or two actual pieces plus photo display sells best? I would think demo has strong appeal to attract audience. #woodchat

@Furnitology: @Tumblewood Vic lots of small pieces can ship and assemble into large high end pieces, that’s custom work! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: Precisely my words! RT @uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn are the smaller/less expensive pieces gateway drugs to larger sales? #woodchat

@kingfinny: @MansFineFurn @Tumblewood marketing theory says bring high- and mid-price, so the mid- looks more affordable by comparison #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @DavidJUlschmid I have some lamps coming up then a hall table/bookcase #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: Hi everyone, sorry I’m late. Many thanks to Modern Woodworkers Assoc for showing at the WoodExpo #woodchat

@uppercutwood: RT @kingfinny: marketing theory says bring high- and mid-price, so the mid- looks more affordable by comparison #woodchat


@EliCleveland: @MansFineFurn Absolutely! I just talked to Steve Skillins and his sale landed him another job. #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: @Tumblewood What are you using for shades on your lamps? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Tumblewood I’m making a lamp for work, the lights here turn off automatically. I hate it. #woodchat

@WatkinsWoodWork: @Tumblewood we’re just going to have to caravan from the WC Vic. Toss the pieces in a Uhaul and make the cross country slog #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @EliCleveland That’s awesome! I’m really happy for him. #woodchat

@swedishiron: Big hint is to create an environment for your pieces where clients don’t have to use their imagination #ThinkSuite #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: Bit of a drive-by woodchat for me tonight. Downstairs in my shop trying to arrange things in a more efficient manner. #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @EliCleveland How big is the turnout for this show? #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @swedishiron Kevin Mack’s setup was great: Like a Living room (he says it was your idea…)! #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @DavidJUlschmid Cool idea, how thin? End grain or face grain. #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: @SplinteredBoard thanks for having us, Rick. The Modern Woodworkers Association had a blast at #woodexpo #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @DavidJUlschmid These are ceiling fixtures-Shoji paper #woodchat

@swedishiron: Just exchanged messages w/ Steve Skillins tonight as well. A great craftsman. So thrilled by his sale and positive experience #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @ramblinrdesigns The home show gets 20,000+ visitors a year. #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: #woodchat What materials, besides wood, do you use in your projects to make you stand out from the crowd? #woodexpo

@uppercutwood: @SplinteredBoard hey Rick! glad you guys could make it sounds like the show was Awesome. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn i’d like to know more about show prep and setup #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @Tumblewood Gonna cull some straight grain Fir from these old timbers #woodchat

@swedishiron: @MansFineFurn yeah, Kevin Mack’s layout was way to easy, great design, + 5 pieces that all work together. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: An advantage of Neil’s flat-pack ideas is, if you travelled to the show, you don’t lose business by not being local. Just ship. #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @uppercutwood It’s exhausting, but we always have fun. #woodchat

@GregoryJPaolini: @SMeekWoodworks Jeez Scott, you’ve only got about 300 plane orders to fill !!! #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @DavidJUlschmid I’m developing a relationship with a local upholsterer #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @uppercutwood yeah, me too: um…. @elicleveland @swedishiron @splinteredboard ? #woodchat

@Furnitology: @DavidJUlschmid use of materials is an element that has been under utilized to date at #WoodExpo #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @GregoryJPaolini @SMeekWoodworks Damn fine planes!! #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: @benjamenjohnson Face grain. I shoot for 0.040 – 0.050″ thick. #woodchat. I’ve sold a few on Etsy http://t.co/8wawmfNg

@swedishiron: Hello @SplinteredBoard glad you could make it. #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @uppercutwood It might take a few weeks to tell you all that goes into show prep. We literally take an entire year to get ready #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Furnitology We had a woodchat about incorporating other materials, what are your suggestions/ideas #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @MansFineFurn @uppercutwood Can you be more specific? #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: @Tumblewood Awesome #woodchat I’ve thought of branching out a working with other local craftspeople!

@Tumblewood: @Furnitology Derek is blogging about marbling paper. I’m looking forward to that! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @SplinteredBoard I don’t mean for the whole show, but what does a woodworker need to do to be ready for a show #woodchat

@EliCleveland: I already feel behind on planning 2013. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland if I am a woodworker getting ready for a show, what should I do? what should I bring? #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @DavidJUlschmid I don’t plan on working “with”. I plan on hiring to do it to my spec #woodchat

@swedishiron: One reason for success behind prep/setup thru-out the year is working with a group of folks you respect/trust. Lots of Skype time #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @GregoryJPaolini LOL, something like that. #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @GregoryJPaolini LOL, something like that. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood Consider your image. Business card, portfolio, clothing, you are a brand and it should all jive. #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @Tumblewood Thanks Vic!

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@SplinteredBoard: @uppercutwood Ah, ok. @elicleveland would be better suited to answer then #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: @Tumblewood @Furnitology #woodchat. Ever thought about trying your hand at stained glass?

@SplinteredBoard: @EliCleveland Well, we have a lot on our plate for next year. We just need to organize better this year #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood Think about who you are marketing to and how. You need to have a plan. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @DavidJUlschmid Now, I might work “with” my sister in law on a stained glass project. She’s extremely talented #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: Gotta go guys. Hate to do it, but I need to work on my site… G’Night All!! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: the most clever use of non-wood material this year (that I recall) glass coasters used in Kevin Mack’s japanese(?) inspired piece #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @uppercutwood Ever talk to authors going on tours? they always get into great physical shape first. Wouldn’t hurt here too #woodchat

@BillGriggs: RT @EliCleveland: @uppercutwood Think about who you are marketing to and how. You need to have a plan. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @Furnitology a very wise man once told me to build to my tooling! #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @EliCleveland Branding is very important. I’m realizing how much I’m lacking in that department lately. #woodchat

@Furnitology: @uppercutwood materials break you away from just “woodworking”….now you enter furniture design-for instance nobody uses lacquer? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FromTheWoodshop thanks for stopping by, don’t forget the transcripts are on http://t.co/XbQs2mvQ #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @SMeekWoodworks Um, I just got new business cards. Yay. #woodchat

@GregoryJPaolini: @EliCleveland Flat packing is an oldie, but a goodie – check out “come-pact” furniture circa 1900 #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Furnitology I definitely use lacquer. #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @Furnitology Right, we discussed, at length, the difference between being a woodworker, and being a furniture maker #woodchat

@swedishiron: Another point to keep in mind is your work. Take a good look at your portfolio, don’t bring your weakest piece to the show. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @BillGriggs I have friend who builds high end mansions for people just below Gates’ income range. That’s my main target #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @GregoryJPaolini http://t.co/j1bLYcam come-packt #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @GregoryJPaolini These days people dissociate flat-pack and quality. Remind consumers what custom really is. #woodchat

@Furnitology: @DavidJUlschmid now we’re talking..Niels Cosman’s best piece was in his portfolio-stain glass design on sliding cabinet doors #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @SplinteredBoard that sounds like a great topic for the future, are you guys in? @Furnitology, @EliCleveland #woodchat

@GregoryJPaolini: @Tumblewood @smeekwoodworks the best performing plane I’ve ever used! Just got on Scott’s waiting list with a 55′ QSWO smoother #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @Tumblewood That’s a good target to hit. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @Furnitology I couldn’t believe he didn’t have any glasswork. He’s quite skilled. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @Furnitology Sometimes our “tooling” is our associations with other artisans #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: @Furnitology #woodchat I get so excited looking at the Greene and Greene stained glass pieces. I enjoy the soldering

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood I am. I have lots of thoughts on that one. It’s another blog that I’m not writing. #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @GregoryJPaolini That’s one hell of a long plane! how do you lift that thing??? #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: RT @Tumblewood: @Furnitology Sometimes our “tooling” is our associations with other artisans #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland we can write it together, maybe on our TBD skype date. Just been so busy releasing Windows 8 Consumer Preview #woodchat

@Furnitology: @uppercutwood 1 of our strengths as an organizing group is that we are willing to provide on going help we want the next big thing #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @SplinteredBoard @GregoryJPaolini It has wings. Lifts itself. #woodchat

@GregoryJPaolini: @SMeekWoodworks @elicleveland Brand is very important, but takes either time, or insane amounts of marketing #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Tumblewood I’ll be incorporating stainless steel screen as door panels on mud room lockers this spring #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @swedishiron Indeed, I purposely put them under the same header to simplify. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: It’s great to have the power of @WoodExpo2012 in #woodchat #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @uppercutwood Yes, panels are easier. I’m gonna have to find a local welder #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood Haha, sounds good. (and it’s @woodexpous ;P ) #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: MT: @uppercutwood: Its great to have the power of @WoodExpoUS in #woodchat #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @Tumblewood You should learn to do your own welding. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland oops #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Tumblewood learn to weld or solder. it’s apparently not that hard. #woodchat

@GregoryJPaolini: @SplinteredBoard Couldn’t find the little degree symbol on the iPhone. Had to settle for the ‘ symbol instead #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @BillGriggs I don’t want to get a whole other set of tools and stainless is an art unto itself #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @GregoryJPaolini I was just yankin’ yer chain. lol. #woodchat

@Furnitology: @uppercutwood not the way lacquer can be used-nobody does it today!Talk about adding the color element to your pieces- think faux #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @Tumblewood You can learn a bunch at http://t.co/0PdkMQEY #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @uppercutwood Agreed!! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Furnitology #woodchat you’re talking about tinted lacquer like @celamens ?

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood Before we go, I want to thank @splinteredboard @furnitology @swedishiron @justindipalma and Bruce for all the work. #woodchat

@garagewoodworks: @Tumblewood I tried a project that incorporated stained glass and I couldn’t get it to cut down a score line. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @swedishiron I take it back, just re-reading my post, I did distinguish woodworker from furnituremaker. #subconscious #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @Tumblewood I can’t belive it. A woodworker who doesn’t want more tool???? #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @garagewoodworks That’s why I’d work with my sister in law #woodchat

@swedishiron: Thanks @EliCleveland .. or Eli Cleve 🙂 #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @EliCleveland Dude, you did all the heavy lifting. I’m just there to hold the tail #woodchat

@BillGriggs: Tools #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @BillGriggs I just spent 6 years getting my shop to this point in order to start designing and making my pieces. FOCUS!! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: Before everyone leaves, allow me to summarize http://t.co/9vOzYyg7 : If you don’t try to get to WoodExpo ’13, you’re nuts. #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: Anyone hanging out on Google+ after #woodchat

@Furnitology: @uppercutwood RE lacquer…no it’s more about creating your finishes using lacquer #woodchat

@GregoryJPaolini: So, what does this flashing battery icon mean??? Goodnight #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @BillGriggs It’s like Tommy sending his stuff out to a skilled finisher..it makes sense #woodchat

@garagewoodworks: @SMeekWoodworks Google+? I’m just starting to figure out twitter. Ugg #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @Tumblewood No, Eli just comes to the shop.. 😉 #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @Tumblewood There’s a perception that makers have to go start to finish these days. But that’s a whole different topic. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @garagewoodworks G+ rocks! #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @Tumblewood I understand. Focus on what you are best at. Build relationships to help with other tasks. #woodchat

@Furnitology: EliCleveland @SplinteredBoard Haha. @justindipalma is the man. I’m just one in six @swedishiron-Thank you guys for covering for me #woodchat

@kingfinny: thanks for the great @WoodExpoUS info #woodchat! Goodnight!

@SMeekWoodworks: @GregoryJPaolini See ya tomorrow. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @MansFineFurn I’m a wizard with that spray shellac. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @EliCleveland I say, focus…and collaborate with others skilled artisans #woodchat

@garagewoodworks: @Tumblewood I have an account but I haven’t figured it out yet. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @BillGriggs exactly #woodchat

@WatkinsWoodWork: Great chat tonight. Lots to think about in the coming weeks/months #woodchat

@swedishiron: @Furnitology anytime brother! anytime.. We’ll have to make plans to hang out this summer while out in Maine #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @Furnitology A big thank you for all your advice over the last few years. I’ve tweaked it, but its looks like it is paying off #woodchat

@BillGriggs: RT @Tumblewood: @BillGriggs exactly #woodchat

@Furnitology: RT @EliCleveland @Tumblewood There’s a perception that makers have to go start to finish these days-that’s a whole different topic #woodchat

@BillGriggs: RT @Tumblewood: @EliCleveland I say, focus…and collaborate with others skilled artisans #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: See ya guys. Thanks for the quick chat! #woodchat

@JimAAshley: Great #woodchat tonight. Was great to get to go to @WoodExpoUS, and wish I could’ve hung out longer.

@EliCleveland: @JimAAshley I’m glad you could make it. Hopefully I’ll see you soon at an #modernwoodworkers event. #woodchat

@Furnitology: RT @Tumblewood Sometimes our “tooling” is our associations with other artisans…..——super break out thought!!! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Thanks everyone for contributing, I’ll post transcripts soon #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: Oh yeah, I forgot to welcome @elicleveland as one of the newest members of #modernwoodworkers Boston crew! Glad to have you! #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @Furnitology Just restating your earlier advice from a long while back #woodchat

@Furnitology: Thank you all….goodnight. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: Thanks again. Great #woodchat

@swedishiron: Have a great night everyone! We appreciate your support around @WoodExpoUS and look forward to 2013 #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Furnitology thank you Neil! #woodchat

@JimAAshley: @EliCleveland Thanks Eli! Glad we had a chance to chat. Hope as well to see you soon. #woodchat

@JC_McGrath: Missed #woodchat tonight, I will have to catch the transcripts. Hope everyone is well

@Tumblewood: @JC_McGrath It should be a great read, Jon! Excellent input tonight! #woodchat

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