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Woodworkers Discuss WoodExpo 2012: Woodchat Transcript February 1, 2012

WoodExpo 2012

WoodExpo 2012

Eli Cleveland from Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac and the WoodExpo joined us tonight to discuss Woodworking Shows.

Woodchat Transcript February 1, 2012 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern

@uppercutwood: Corrected: #woodchat will feature @EliCleveland to discuss #woodexpo2012 6pm P/9pm E @Torch02 I did it again

@uppercutwood: Log to lampshade #woodchat cool video passed around at work

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland @RoughcutTV you guys did this too, right? Log to lampshade #woodchat cool video passed around at work

@DyamiPlotke: RT @uppercutwood Tonight’s #woodchat @EliCleveland @RoughcutTV 2 discuss #woodexpo2012 9pm E

@Seanw78: @MansFineFurn that which doesn’t break you makes you a better woodworker #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: In anticipation of tonight’s #woodchat: #ModernWoodworkers meetup @Woodexpo2012″

@DJOfurnituremkr: So what will tonight’s topic be? #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: RT @DyamiPlotke: RT @uppercutwood Tonight’s #woodchat @EliCleveland @RoughcutTV 2 discuss #woodexpo2012 9pm E

@MansFineFurn: In anticipation of tonight’s #woodchat: #ModernWoodworkers meetup @WoodexpoUS 2012

@uppercutwood: #woodchat starts in 1 hour and 40 minutes, and @EliCleveland is bringing waffles for everyone! (just kidding)

@uppercutwood: MT @MansFineFurn: In anticipation of tonight’s #woodchat: #ModernWoodworkers meetup @WoodexpoUS #WoodExpo2012

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr Woodworking Shows #woodchat will feature @EliCleveland to discuss #woodexpo2012 6pm P/9pm E

@Wood_Jedi: @MichaelAgate are you joining #woodchat tonight?

@Wood_Jedi: by the way guys what is the topic for #woodchat tonight?

@DyamiPlotke: RT @MansFineFurn In anticipation of tonight’s #woodchat: #ModernWoodworkers meetup @Woodexpo2012

@MansFineFurn: RT @uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr Woodworking Shows #woodchat will feature @EliCleveland to discuss #woodexpo2012 6pm P/9pm E

@TomsWorkbench: Mmmmmmm #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @TomsWorkbench In the words of Tim the tool man Taylor ARRR RRRRR ARRRR #woodchat :O)

@TomsWorkbench: I dunno.. Should I be working in the shop? #woodchat

@UserOfWood: @Wood_Jedi in the words of another fine American, beer me! #woodchat

@EliCleveland: Hello! I’m chatting about wood. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: Good evening all #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: Dude, it’s Matt! Wooo Hoo, Matt! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy” – Ben Franklin #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: chatting about wood with #woodchat, indeed #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland welcome Eli! Thanks for coming tonight as our special guest. Did you bring the waffles? #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: I agree! RT @uppercutwood: “Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy” – Ben Franklin #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: Dang, and I’m in to a glass of red wine… #woodchat

@UserOfWood: @uppercutwood yes it was Ben that said, beer me! 🙂 #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: it’s all good, Tom. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: So, Eli, I’m sure we’ll have some questions from the woodworkers, but how would you like to start? #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood …I forgot them… #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @WoodworkGuy You got that right… #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: @TomsWorkbench I will be in the shop, but doing home improvement not woodworking. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland how about start off telling us about you (for those that don’t know you) and then dive into a #WoodExpo2012 intro #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Hello all !!! How is everyone tonight? #woodchat”

@DyamiPlotke: Hello #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @Wood_Jedi Hello. Great here, it’s #woodchat time

@MansFineFurn: I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: #ModernWoodworkers will meetup @WoodExpoUS . read more here: #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @DyamiPlotke Dang… I don’t have a project on the bench right now.. I have got to fix that! #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Hey @Dyamiplotke @WoodworkGuy #woodchat

@uppercutwood: By the way, if you want a quick and easy way to help other get involved with woodchat, send them to #woodchat

@theboisshop: Welcome @EliCleveland. Glad you could make it tonight. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: RT @EliCleveland: @uppercutwood Alright, let’s see how well I can summarize. I’m a furniture maker in Boston, MA. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: RT @EliCleveland: Since it started, I’ve been working on Rough Cut with Tommy Mac as a Tech. Advisor among other things. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: Welcome to #woodchat @EliCleveland

@Torch02: Good evening, #woodchat. Don’t know how long I’ll be up, but I’m here until bedtime

@uppercutwood: @theboisshop Rob are you still in USVI? crazy man. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Hello @EliClevland #woodchat

@ThomOlsen: I have an old particle board desk that broke out one of the quick fasteners, any way to fix that break? #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: Woot! So happy to be on twitter during #woodchat today.

@SMeekWoodworks: Good evening ya’ll #woodchat

@theboisshop: @uppercutwood I am indeed woodchatting on the beach right now. Wife thinks I’m nuts, but wouldn’t miss it. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Hey @Torch02 and SMeekwoodworks #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ThomOlsen Yes, burn the desk and build a new one #occupywoodshop #woodchat

@EliCleveland: Hello, Jedi. 4 years ago Tommy got a chance to show his work at the New England Home Show. Since then, we’ve built the WoodExpo. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @theboisshop I’ve gotta agree with your wife #woodchat

@InGrainWoodwork: What does the wood expo have that the other shows don’t? #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @MichaelAgate, did you make it yet? #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @theboisshop Bastard… #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @ThomOlsen: …any way to fix that break? | Epoxy maybe? #woodchat

@ThomOlsen: Hahahahahaaaa! I bought the desk back in the 60’s and it has a lot of memories “carved” into it. Wood prefer to keep it. #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @theboisshop Dedication. Nice. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @EliCleveland how is it working with ol Tommy? He is a trip! #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: the woodworking shows are coming out of the, ahem, woodwork… #woodchat

@Tumblewood: Sorry I’m late. Getting pieces ready to glue up #woodchat

@asliceofwood: Hey everyone #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @InGrainWoodwork In short, consumers. It’s held within the Home Show. It gives makers a chance to interact with buyers. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @WoodworkGuy snort #woodchat

@Tumblewood: Rob, are you back from the Virgin Islands already!?! #woodchat

@TheRealNeal: Almost missed it! Evening all. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: HEY TIMMMM @asliceofwood!! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Tumblewood Vic, glad you’re here. @EliCleveland was introducing himself before we dive into #woodexpo2012 #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @Wood_Jedi Working with Tommy is a daily adventure. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Hello Vic @Tumblewood good to see you. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland How large of a geographical area does the home show advertise to and attract from? #woodchat

@BillGriggs: Good evening everyone. #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: Hey, I think I finally got the hang on this #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: @SMeekWoodworks evening, Scott. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @theboisshop You ARE nuts…over a WIA midget hooker! #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: Hey @EliCleveland, glad you could join us. I definitely need to make it to a Wood Expo at some point. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @BillGriggs Good evening Bill. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Tumblewood No, Vic, he’s still kickin’ it Caribbean style #woodchat

@InGrainWoodwork: Thanks for the follow Matt! #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @Wood_Jedi Hey Laney #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @TomsWorkbench I just saw that #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @BoatworksToday Welcome Andy, I just watched your first intro video on @MBWpodcast’s site #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Tumblewood You… still… with the midget hookers. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Hi guys, I can hang out for a little while. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @BillGriggs how are you tonight? #woodchat

@asliceofwood: @Wood_Jedi You on dinner break from the shop? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr Dale, glad you could make it. #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @WoodworkGuy Good evening Jeff. I worked in the shop today….. Cleaning. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @uppercutwood Yes, on this link #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Hi DJOfurnituremkr glad you could make it #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @DJOfurnituremkr Hey Dale! #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @Wood_Jedi Great Laney. How about you? #woodchat

@InGrainWoodwork: Looks like a full crown in here! #woodchat

@theboisshop: For those interested in what the #woodexpo2012 is all about, this is my take from last year. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood I can’t find the numbers, but it attracts people throughout New Eng. and I think ads are a 60 mile rad. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: I need to drag over one of the ends and work on it while we’re chatting #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @asliceofwood.. you know i live in the on the shop computer…it was perfect timing…waiting for glue to dry #woodchat

@asliceofwood: @InGrainWoodwork makes the conversation better #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @uppercut Still have a few things to learn about this video thing.. Good to hear someone watched it :-O G’even Fellas! #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: I am doing very well Bill :O) thank you for asking #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland Do you know how woodworkers can find regional shows like #woodexpo2012 in their area? #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: I’ve been on a good run lately making new items. Small stuff to bring to shows and sell on Etsy. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @EliCleveland – do you find working in front of a crowd at #woodexpo different from being on the set of Rough Cut? #woodchat

@asliceofwood: @Wood_Jedi i’m surprised you haven’t replaced a kitchen table with the tablesaw/router table. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Hello @BoatworksToday!! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: I can only say anecdotally, NE Home show is BIG draw, I assume bigger, now that #WoodExpo2012 has been added #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @theboisshop Yes! Rob did an excellent job representing the craft and himself, which are two foci of the show. #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: For all you #woodchat -ers. I discovered this awesome place with LOTS of woodworking books. And they let you take them for free! The Library

@BillGriggs: @DJOfurnituremkr Do you have pictures of some of your projects or a link to Etsy. #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @DJOfurnituremkr Off tonight’s topic, but how are your Etsy sales going? #woodchat

@UserOfWood: @EliCleveland how may makers will be showning #woodexpo2012 #woodchat

@RenaissanceWW: hey #woodchat, how you doin’

@BoatworksToday: Took me a little bit to figure out how this works. Feel a little like a Re-Re it took so many tries.. #woodchat

@InGrainWoodwork: @DavidJUlschmid I always am walking out with at least one bag full! #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @EliCleveland I wish the show wasn’t so far away. I’m still hoping to have something in it next year. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @RenaissanceWW Welcome Shannon #woodchat

@asliceofwood: @EliCleveland how long have you been woodworking? #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: Hey @Wood_Jedi! #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @DavidJUlschmid The Library? What’s that? #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood Guilds and clubs often have contact with organizers. We’ve reached out to a number in NE. I hear MWA is good 8) #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @asliceofwood… I would never eat on my tablesaw..LOL #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @RenaissanceWW Shannon good to see you #woodchat

@hmwoodworks: @DJOfurnituremkr how do you find etsy for selling smaller items? Have been debating whether to give it a try. #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: @DJOfurnituremkr Hey! Me Too! I wondered if any other #woodchat peeps were on Etsy. What is your shop name? I’m

@Wood_Jedi: So @MichaelAgate… the room moves pretty fast doesnt #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Does anyone know of a directory of regional shows like #woodexpo2012? #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @BillGriggs Sure: #woodchat

@Torch02: @RenaissanceWW reminder – decouple twitter & facebook for #woodchat 😉

@DyamiPlotke: Does the mix of home show & wood show result in some uninterested folk who were only there for the home show? #woodchat

@RenaissanceWW: @uppercutwood @Torch02 I’ll probably just be lurking tonight, knee deep in site work and video editing #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @MansFineFurn Home show gets about 20,000 visitors each year. 25% purchase home furnishings within a month of the show. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @SMeekWoodworks Not bad, eight sales in three weeks. I’m slowly building a more diverse inventory. Candle holders today. #woodchat

@InGrainWoodwork: @DavidJUlschmid My shop is Going with the grain, nothing for sale right now #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @uppercutwood Nothing of that caliber. WoodExpo is more a design consortium, from what I can tell from Neil’s description #woodchat

@theboisshop: @RenaissanceWW Just let us know when it’s safe to talk about you 😉 #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @EliCleveland 20,000… dang… #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @DyamiPlotke my impression is that the inverse is true. people there for the homeshow wander into the woodexpo and are interested #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland that’s a fantastic stat. That’s 5,000 sales in one month in a 60 mile radius. #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: @EliCleveland @uppercutwood there is a great MWA chapter in Seattle. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @RenaissanceWW I’m knee deep in a bench #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @RenaissanceWW Saw you’re doing a server upgrade.. Hows it going? #woodchat

@asliceofwood: @DavidJUlschmid just added you to cirlce on etsy #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @DavidJUlschmid I really like the live edge on that box. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @DavidJUlschmid I’m: #woodchat

@uppercutwood: BTW I started a G+ hangout #woodchat

@EliCleveland: At trade shows, people seem reluctant to interact, for fear of a sales pitch. Home Show folks seem pleasantly surprised. #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @RenaissanceWW I’m going to have to do some website work soon myself. 🙂 #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: RT @uppercutwood Does anyone know of a directory of regional shows like #woodexpo2012? #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @uppercutwood I think the draw is much larger than 60 miles, beyond the ads. this show’s been around for many moons #woodchat

@asliceofwood: @EliCleveland any difference in price of products from trade shows to home shows? #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: There is a woodshop near me in town that closed down a lot of great tools and machines for sale I need to go and take a look! #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @EliCleveland That’s a great stat. I wonder how that compares to other home shows? I’m guessing higher than average. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @Tumblewood We try to open people’s minds, consumer and maker alike. So we show a variety and encourage discussions. #woodchat

@WatkinsWoodWork: So if you only have enough cash for one show this year which one is it? #Woodchat

@jth: @Tumblewood I’m waiting for a show to make it to Minneapolis… #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @uppercutwood I don’t see it, Matt #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: So how many of us are on Etsy and how many of you are on CustomMade? #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @uppercutwood just searched for it.. didn’t pull up? I’ll try again #woodchat

@EliCleveland: We do critiques where students and newbies got to hear what Glen Guarino, Allan Breed, and Phil Lowe thought of their work. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @jth I’m way over here on the west coast #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @DJOfurnituremkr Bocote looks nice. What is the finish you used. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @WatkinsWoodWork I’m probably headed to WIA12 in Cinci… #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @WatkinsWoodWork I’m probably headed to WIA12 in Cinci… #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Im actually going to WW in America this year… thats the show Id like to make it to #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @SMeekWoodworks I believe NE Home Show is the biggest. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @SMeekWoodworks I believe NE Home Show is the biggest. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: RT @jth: @Tumblewood Im waiting for a show to make it to Minneapolis… You and me both! #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: I haven’t been to a show in 10 years. I think mainly because my interest is more Japanese tools & joinery. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @WatkinsWoodWork I have hotel booked for WIA Cinci #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @EliCleveland That’s what I’m most looking forward to (next yr). Neil asked if I wanted to show, but nothing built I can show! #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @BillGriggs I tend to use T&T varnish oil most often. #woodchat

@Furnitology: Hi all been reading for a while #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @WoodworkGuy Now, that’s fast! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr what about shows that are like #woodexpo2012 instead of like #WIA12 #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @TomsWorkbench go early for best rates #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn you have got to go see the show and blog about it #woodexpo2012 #woodchat

@asliceofwood: Whats the take on “The Woodworking Shows”. Worth going? Go for 2 days or all 3? #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @Furnitology Hey, Neil! For those who don’t know, Neil’s been a huge part of organizing the WoodExpo every year. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Furnitology welcome Neil how are you man! Where is @celamens? #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: @EliCleveland I don’t mean to compare trade shows to WoodExpo. I was wondering about it compared to woodworking conferences. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @Furnitology speak of the devil! #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: Here is my Etsy store: I guess I need to add items for sale again. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @uppercutwood I’ll have to check into that one. #woodchat

@McPhersonDoug: I’d love to go to one, mostly to meet people (ya’ll), but I also need tools, ah and a garage. Want shop out of basement. #woodchat

@theboisshop: @Furnitology Hey Neil, welcome! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @uppercutwood I’ll be there!! I’m sure @theboisshop will also write on it… #woodchat

@Furnitology: @WatkinsWoodWork depends on what you are looking for. Education go to WIA to show your work Woodexpo #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @WoodworkGuy You booked your hotel already.?? man that is smart!! I didnt think you could book #woodchat

@swedishiron: Hey @EliCleveland @Furnitology I’m reading along as well. #woodchat #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @Wood_Jedi I’ve learned that you get best selection and choice booking early #woodchat

@Furnitology: @uppercutwood doing fine Matt Thanks…hey Rob with Pain Killer in hand #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @DyamiPlotke I haven’t attended the other conferences, but we love having the interaction with consumers, which I think is unique. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: RT @Furnitology: … depends on what you are looking for. Education go to WIA to show your work Woodexpo
@uppercutwood: @Furnitology Eli has been telling us about #woodexpo2012, anything you want to add? jump in! #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @WoodworkGuy I have never been to a show, thought i needed to get more involved and get my name out. So I will be attending! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland would love to find a show like #woodexpo2012 in the seattle area. @DarrellPeart goes to Pasadena for Craftsman Wknd #woodchat

@EliCleveland: Hey! @swedishiron is another member of the team for WoodExpo. #woodchat

@sharpendwood: Great discussion #woodchat! Kid and dinner melting down so only lurking tonight.

@Wood_Jedi: @MichaelAgate, when are you starting on the spice cabinet? #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Wood_Jedi It’s good to spread the word that you are out there… #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @SMeekWoodworks I made a few of these today, still need finish: One is a 7 candle. #woodchat

@celamens: @uppercutwood @furnitology wish I could be make #woodchat tonight. Taking care of football equipment for youth football w/ an ex-Lute!

@WoodworkGuy: @Wood_Jedi Glad to hear! I’m looking forward too. Was going last yr but had to cancel #woodchat

@asliceofwood: @Wood_Jedi are you going to the woodworking show in tampa? #woodchat

@InGrainWoodwork: @asliceofwood I Didn’t go this year. Too Commercialized, more home show than woodworking #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: Thanks @Furnitology, @swedishiron, and @EliCleveland for putting on @WoodExpoUS. We’re all very excited! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland @swedishiron tell us more about #woodexpo2012, or if you know how to find similar regional shows #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: I live in the middle of nowhere, is making a big trip to WIA worth it? Definitely do it if it were close, but its not #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @asliceofwood I’ll be there at the fiargrounds… #woodchat

@uppercutwood: I’m beginning to think that MWA Seattle needs to put on our own show #woodchat

@allenworb: @EliCleveland I have been to 3 WIA events and only attended one seminar. #woodchat

@WatkinsWoodWork: @BoatworksToday I have the same problem #Woodchat

@hmwoodworks: @DJOfurnituremkr is that purpleheart? #woodchat

@Furnitology: We’re trying to re-connect to the buyer and provide the current ambitious woodworker what it is to logistically to attend a show #woodchat

@BillGriggs: Tonight the mechanical tech class from the local college came to see my CNC Router table work. #woodchat

@swedishiron: @MansFineFurn thank you, looking forward to having a chance to meet you and other internet woodworkers face to face #woodchat

@asliceofwood: @TomsWorkbench we have one coming to charlotte. thought I would go if it was worth it #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @allenworb Matt – I dunno… I still think the national/international meet up of a larger show is definitely worth it #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @allenworb What do you like about it? #woodchat

@allenworb: @BoatworksToday cinci is a long trip. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @furnitology, as if you didn’t have enough to do, it looks like there’s demand for woodexpo to travel around the country #woodchat

@asliceofwood: @InGrainWoodwork does it have any benefits? #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @asliceofwood It is what it is.. there are some interesting things there. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @BillGriggs How big is your CNC table? #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @allenworb about 10 hours 🙁 #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @MichaelAgate you are getting a new bandsaw…RRRRRRRR Nice! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Furnitology is their an online directory of similar shows? #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: @BoatworksToday Great website! #woodchat

@Furnitology: A plus is that a new woodworkers get an opportunity to rub shoulders with fellow woodworkers who have lots of show experience #woodchat

@asliceofwood: @Wood_Jedi @MichaelAgate do I hear jealousy in your writing? #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Nice @ MichaelAgate.. #woodchat

@InGrainWoodwork: Last year they had some good speakers but only Tommy Mac was there this year. The pricing on told is the same out of catalogs #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @DavidJUlschmid Thanks! Still learning! Going to be starting a new site more along the lines for this chat in a couple of weeks #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @benjamenjohnson Ben, the CNC is 4’x5′ cutting area. I built it and plan to make it 5’x8′ next. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @hmwoodworks Black walnut & Wenge I’ll be doing them in aluminum and doug fir soon. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @Woodworkguy Thats not bad at all!! #woodchat

@Furnitology: @uppercutwood not sure…..I know Tommy attends a national show but I’m really not familiar with them #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @DJOfurnituremkr aren’t you involved in the finefurnishings shows, multiple locations? is that a similar opportunity at all? #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: I don’t know of any shows similar to woodexpo #woodchat #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @asliceofwood @Michaelagate No Tim,…I do need a new bandsaw though…ha ha :O) #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland what tips would you give a woodworker preparing for an upcoming show? #woodchat

@swedishiron: #woodexpo is unique from our research, meet world class woodworkers, watch a lot of technique demos, see real furniture #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: This is so cool! #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @hmwoodworks Ooops that is Bocote on that one. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @Furnitology @uppercutwood Tommy tours with The Woodworking Shows, which are more like trade/industry shows. #woodchat

@asliceofwood: @Wood_Jedi never owned one, would be a nice addition to the shop #woodchat

@Furnitology: @uppercutwood Matt I want to believe woodexpo is the 1st to try and get the internet woodworking community to show #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @BillGriggs Nice! Over a full sheet of plywood. #woodchat

@DavidJUlschmid: @DJOfurnituremkr @hmwoodworks What do you cut the aluminum with? #woodchat #aluminumchat

@EliCleveland: @SplinteredBoard is another organizer. We’ve almost got the whole crew! #woodchat

@jth: @benjamenjohnson a fellow Minneapolitan! Excellent. #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @MansFineFurn I wish we had the resources and opportunities to have the woodexpo travel, but the $ just isn’t there #woodchat #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @benjamenjohnson Here is a video before I made the latest upgrades. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @MansFineFurn I’m only involved with the Milwaukee show but I may do the Providence show this year. #woodchat

@hmwoodworks: @DJOfurnituremkr besides the candle holder what other items do you put on etsy? #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @DJOfurnituremkr just saw your from my neck of the woods! #woodchat

@theboisshop: @SplinteredBoard Hey Rick, welcome! #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @benjamenjohnson I want to be able to do Baltic Birch too. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @SplinteredBoard ..yet. #woodchat

@Morton: One of the most fun things about #woodexpo2012 is what @Furnitology said – meeting other makers and discussing what works, etc. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Very cool @MichaelAgate I have a small one I need a bigger to do more resawing currently using the table saw to resaw boards #woodchat

@swedishiron: Hey @SplinteredBoard ! #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @woodworkguy, you mean to cancel when you arrive and pay cash so your card isnt charged? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @SplinteredBoard good to see you Rick, any advice for woodworkers preparing for an upcoming show #woodchat

@Furnitology: @uppercutwood Here’s a tip….because of the cost (free)..use it to test a design and watch/evaluate the feedback. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @jth Well I tend to identify more with St. Paul :>) but close enough. #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @swedishiron Scotttieeee #woodchat

@allenworb: anyone from the cincinnati/midwest area? #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @MichaelAgate are you on #tweetchat? for some reason Im not seeing your posts unless i look at my new #hootsuite #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @hmwoodworks I’ll be listing small boxes & cabinets in a month or so. Nothing large or over $300.00 #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Remember that the transcripts get posted to #woodchat

@jth: @benjamenjohnson I won’t hold that against you. #woodchat

@swedishiron: @Morton nailed it, amazing opportunity to meet a group of woodworkers w/ a range of experience and skill. #woodexpo2012 #woodchat

@Furnitology: Here’s another tip, we ask for one or 2 pieces but look at web site portfolio’s to see what else the craftsperson has #woodchat

@EliCleveland: RT @Furnitology: @uppercutwood Heres a tip….because of the cost (free)..use it to test a design and watch/evaluate the feedback. #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: Hey @SplinteredBoard. Good to see ya around again. #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: I’ll tell ya, the best thing, for me, about woodexpo, is rubbing elbows with the masters. #woodchat #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @Furnitology I’m working on a portfolio. I hope to have another 3 pcs this year #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland how many pieces to bring? large or small? bring a bench and work? take orders, or sell ready made or both? #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @Furnitology Didn’t know it was free. Definitely going to make there at some point. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @TomsWorkbench Take care Tom #woodchat

@TheRealNeal: @TomsWorkbench See ya Tom. #woodchat

@Furnitology: Here’s a ti for Rob and Morton…loyalty means something and next year if it were me , I’d have 4 or 5 pieces ready. #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @SMeekWoodworks Hay man! Resurfacing for a special event (#woodchat) #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @TomsWorkbench G’Night! #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @woodworkguy ahh ok, id just leave it on the card..I wasnt sure what you meant.. its good to know if something comes up #woodchat

@theboisshop: @Furnitology Wow, I better get off the beach and back into the shop! #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @BillGriggs That is a thing of beauty. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Gnight @BoatworksToday have a great evening! #woodchat

@jth: Any favorite sources for mortise chisels? As far as i can tell, I can break the bank with LN or take chances on eBay. #woodchat

@swedishiron: Here is a link to Tommy’s forum with a list of last years demonstrations/presentations | not only design chat #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood As many as possible; we want new stuff and variety improves your chances. Demos reel in crowds. Take what you can. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @allenworb I live in the burbs of Minneapolis. #woodchat

@Furnitology: @SMeekWoodworks That’s the opportunity that, craftspeople miss-yes you have travel and lodging, but no booth fee..super for locals #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Small cash & carry pieces sold very well at the 2011Milw Fine Furnishings Show. I didn’t have any, that’s why I’m building now. #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: Also, we’re kind of pushing the idea of furniture accessories at woodexpo. 2 items that sold last year were accessories #woodchat #woodchat

@uppercutwood: MT @swedishiron: Here is a link to Tommys forum with a list of last years demonstrations/presentations #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: Still have a few minutes before daughter comes down from bath… Then gotta go #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Hey guys if you are on #LumberJocks be sure to add me as a buddy #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr examples of small cash and carry? #woodchat

@EliCleveland: I love seeing a new guy drawing a crowd with a demo. To the public, Allan Breed and Phil Lowe are no more exciting than a newb. #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @benjamenjohnson Where abouts? #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @SplinteredBoard accessories? like what kind? (those, I may have around to bring) #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: I’ll still bring furniture of course but I also want to offer more. Also taking a break from live edge & tables. #woodchat

@Furnitology: @theboisshop well, I’d enjoy the beach first, have another jerk chicken sandwich…..but yeah….opportunity is there. #woodchat

@BillGriggs: RT @benjamenjohnson: @BillGriggs That is a thing of beauty. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland what kind of pieces are consumers looking for? #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @MansFineFurn Last year, a chandelier and scrabble board sold. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @uppercutwood Wall hung cabinets, lamps, jewelry boxes, stools, jewelry, small tables & benches. #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @MansFineFurn A lamp and a Scrabble board (board was the last winner of the Sawdust Chronicles Challenge) #woodchat

@swedishiron: @EliCleveland how many work benches will we have on the floor this #woodexpo2012 estimate? #woodchat

@Morton: @jth @RenaissanceWW and I recently checked out the Narex Mortise chisels. They fared really well. #woodchat

@Furnitology: RT @SplinteredBoard: we’re kind of pushing the idea of furniture accessories at woodexpo. 2 items sold last year were accessories #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr are you taking cash and check, or credit card too, and how? #woodchat

@jth: @Wood_Jedi nice easel! #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @DJOfurnituremkr dont forget ear rings #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: The cabinet prototype is almost finished going to start shooting the next video tomorrow!!! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: RT @swedishiron: @EliCleveland how many work benches will we have on the floor this #woodexpo2012 estimate?
@SplinteredBoard: @MansFineFurn @EliCleveland yeah, I meant chandelier… #woodchat

@EliCleveland: Period isn’t as popular as contemporary. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @swedishiron does the home show take a cut of the sales take, or is it truly donated space with no fees? #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @jth THANK YOU!! :O) #woodchat

@jth: @allenworb: @jth LN for sure. beautiful balance, finish and edges I love the LN chisels but holy spendy! #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @swedishiron I think we’re up to 6 benches for demos. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland I am tired of being asked for pieces painted white #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @uppercutwood Last years all sales were check. It’s mainly local people & Chicago. Maybe this year I’ll get set up for CC’s #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @uppercutwood No one takes a cut #woodchat

@Furnitology: Another #woodexpo tip- don’t think to follow the rules precisely in Call for Entries …. twist the judges a works for us #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @BoatworksToday Mounds View, From your website I see you’re on the south shore. I miss living near Duluth. #woodchat

@swedishiron: @uppercutwood all donated space w/ no fees! @Morton can attest to that #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @woodshaver101 Hi Mark. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @asliceofwood you got are you still here? #woodchat

@EliCleveland: I think furniture sells best by value. Consumers don’t understand the big price tags on some pieces. Humble pie when people scoff. #woodchat

@Morton: @SplinteredBoard It’s OK – lamp is appropriate 😉 Ha! Wait til you see my table this year. Same design 😉 #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: RT @uppercutwood: @EliCleveland I am tired of being asked for pieces painted white
@benjamenjohnson: @Morton You have to stop making these videos my wish list is already to long. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @DJOfurnituremkr hows it going. i may have some work,for us #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @MansFineFurn or black!! #woodchat

@asliceofwood: @Wood_Jedi yep, still here, taking in all the advise while being distracted by the hockey game haha #woodchat

@jth: @Morton @renaissanceww thanks, I’ll check that. I want good antique or LN, but can’t afford (time, money) #woodchat

@theboisshop: @swedishiron Well, I think @Morton did buy a few beers last year – technically that’s a cut… #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn “I saw this piece in Pottery Barn catalog can you make it cheaper? and use a different color paint?” #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood Haha. I have a photo of a very popular piece from 2 years ago. I’ll find it. #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @Morton Awesome can’t wait. Can’t wait for @theboisshop ‘s step stool either! #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @Jth I almost forgot about them too..spent the last few days catching up some blogs and projects..still more to do.. #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: had a long run of black picture frames for xmas! #woodchat

@WatkinsWoodWork: Just looking at the entry forms. What kind of teaching/educational items are in mind? #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @EliCleveland sounds like makers have their work cut out educating public about the value of good workmanship ( @theboisshop ?) #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @woodshaver101 Sounds good, I’m just building inventory. #woodchat

@Morton: @SplinteredBoard @theboisshop You mean the santa sleigh? 🙂 #woodchat

@jth: @Morton @renaissanceww Not interested in buying crap either. Hard to get going with hand tools only! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @uppercutwood verbatim #woodchat

@Furnitology: @Morton I’ve been watching and curious about how the look of the tension bend is viewed this year and is it your signature #woodchat

@hmwoodworks: @uppercutwood I hear that one all the time also. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @alsiceofwood @MichaelAgate…dont mention hockey around michael…them Canadians go crazy over that stuff… :O) #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @Morton Is that what you guys are calling it? I just want to see it pass the stress test – 400lbs of woodworkers 🙂 #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood That’s part of the prob. People don’t know what we do. Conferences with other woodworkers don’t bridge the gap. #woodchat

@swedishiron: @theboisshop lol, yes.. true.. you remind me of one big improvement this year #woodexpo2012 is many more organized social events #woodchat

@Morton: @EliCleveland Wow – 6 benches! Nice. Thinking of building a @hocktools plane while there. Maybe a give-away? 😉 #woodchat

@jth: @MansFineFurn @uppercutwood @elicleveland Tell them you’d love to and hammer a mimic out in painted pine? #woodchat

@asliceofwood: @Wood_Jedi @MichaelAgate I know, but the game is a good one #sabres & #rangers #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland I agree, WIA is different, but still necessary for skills building. The shows serve different purposes. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @elicleveland @furnitology are there specific educational ‘demos’ that are missing from the lineup? Maybe MWA can add to the event #woodchat

@Morton: @Furnitology Me too brother! Can’t wait to see what reaction it gets. And if there are any repeat visitors that will recognize? #woodchat

@jth: @MansFineFurn Perhaps part of the problem with a free show? #woodchat

@kring_l: another reason for missing #woodchat finishing the never ending poker table

@SplinteredBoard: @MansFineFurn Each year we’ve had a ball-and-claw demo, dovetail demos, but most is impromptu. We need to plan more #woodchat

@Morton: @allenworb @jth @renaissanceww Yeah – I definitely am looking forward to do the day I have time build that. Awesome. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @jth only free to the exhibitors, charge for visitors #woodchat

@uppercutwood: We’re almost done, any last questions for the #woodexpo2012 team? #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @MansFineFurn We’d love it! Email us at! #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: So with the holidays over, are you taking a break or back at it in the shop? If so, what are you working on? #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @kring_l Id love to see a photo when its done..I have been wanting to do a poker table!! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: Before folks start leaving, a reminder #ModernWoodworkers Boston Chapter Inaugural event will be at #WoodExpo #woodchat

@Furnitology: @Morton “if there are any repeat visitors that will recognize? ” yep exactly — that’s one of the reasons to use the opportunity #woodchat

@asliceofwood: Everyone have a good night and have fun at these shows. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @BoatworksToday Season 3 #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: See you next week guys. Wife & dog are calling/ #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @MichaelAgate… oooh i bet that is stressful… :O) #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @DJOfurnituremkr Later! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr See you later Dale #woodchat

@jth: @allenworb @morton @renaissanceww just finished Anarchist’s Tool Chest. Gotta finish (start) roubo first. Current bench worthless. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @MichaelAgate if her team loses when they face eachother, do you have to sleep in the shop??LOL #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @EliCleveland I’m in touch with @furnitology (I owe him an email about the room); I sent you a link earlier #woodchat

@swedishiron: Make sure to stop by and spend time with Chuck Bender, Al Breed, Phil Lowe, Tommy Mac (batman), Eli (robin) and many woodworkers #woodchat

@Furnitology: Oh…weakness of #WoodExpo last year was after show internet content, that is a priority this year for exhibitors #woodchat

@jth: @allenworb @morton @renaissanceww very nice chest! #woodchat #NoNotThatChest

@Wood_Jedi: @MichaelAgate Smart Man!! I need a Tv in the shop! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Furnitology I’d love to help #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @Furnitology I agree. Both attendees, and our own coverage lacked. We’ll recover this year #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @Furnitology We’ve stepped up the social media, too. We want exhibitors to get their names out there. #woodchat

@allenworb: @jth any pictures? How did it come out? I have pile of Rick maple in garage for split top Roubo too #woodchat

@JimAAshley: Hi folks, sorry I’m late, just got home #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @EliCleveland Checked out your site; beautiful stuff! #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @JimAAshley Hey Jim. #woodchat

@WoodExpoUS: Look! We’re even on twitter! #woodchat

@StudioInverness: RT @uppercutwood: We’re almost done, any last questions for the #woodexpo2012 team? #woodchat

@JimAAshley: Looking forward to visiting #woodexpo2012 #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @SplinteredBoard let me know if there’s something specific we can contribute. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: I just got a message reminding me my tweets show up on Facebook.. loli bet that looks like a boring one sided conversation ha ha #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @BoatworksToday Thanks! #woodchat

@JimAAshley: @BillGriggs Hi Bill #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Hey @JimAAShley #woodchat

@Furnitology: @uppercutwood Matt….this here is appreciated and we’ll take you up on that offer!!!!! THANKS!!!! #woodchat

@StudioInverness: RT @hmwoodworks: @uppercutwood I hear that one all the time also. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: We’re at the end for tonight, officially, but keep going if you want. #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: Wow, trying to watch House and #woodchat at same time is impossible! #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @Wood_Jedi My phone and computer alert me to mentions. That’s getting old. #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @uppercutwood Thanks for having us. This was awesome and overwhelming. #woodchat

@JimAAshley: @Wood_Jedi Hey Laney #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @EliCleveland yeah… time to pitch the computer #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @EliCleveland Yes Same here!! #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: @uppercutwood Yeah, thanks for this Matt! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland Of course, woodchat loves woodworking and we love getting together and chatting about it thanks! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @elicleveland, come and visit any Wed, at 9PM! #woodchat

@swedishiron: @uppercutwood thank you again Matt! feel free to contact with questions about @woodexpous.. enjoyed #woodchat

@BillGriggs: I discovered a local arborist who had a decent supply of wood for pens and bowls. #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @uppercutwood Enjoyed it! Have a good night everyone! #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: Thanks for joining us tonight @EliCleveland #woodchat

@SplinteredBoard: I’m gonna duck out. Looks like the heavy hitters have #woodexpo covered (Neil, Scott, Eli). See ya guys! #woodchat

@Morton: @EliCleveland Looking forward to seeing you and crew oh-so-soon ! Sweet. G’nite. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @JimAAshley better late then never…I hope your evening is going well.. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: We’re here every Wednesday for transcripts #woodchat

@JimAAshley: @Wood_Jedi It is thanks, just got in from visit with family #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: I was born a poor black child…” The Jerk on AMC…what a great movie. Watching and Woodchatting #woodchat

@swedishiron: @EliCleveland @SplinteredBoard @Furnitology great chatting tonight! #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: Alright time to sign off, goodnight all and thanks @EliCleveland #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Morton adios bud! #woodchat

@EliCleveland: @Morton I can’t wait. See you soon. #woodchat

@Furnitology: @WatkinsWoodWork couldn’t resist–is the desk veneer over particle bd or printed #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn “he’s mad at these cans!” #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: #woodexpo2012 sounds like a great show for those in New England #woodchat

@EliCleveland: Thanks, everyone! This was fun. Goodnight. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @JimAAshley ahhh family… awesome.. thats a pretty good reason to miss woodchat…lol #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland night Eli, have a good one! #woodchat

@swedishiron: Time to get back to work, g’nite all #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @JimAAshley good to see you tonight #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: ok guys Im off to get some work done.. I have a long night ahead of me… :O) #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @Wood_Jedi Take care Laney #woodchat

@BillGriggs: talk to you next week on #woodchat

@JimAAshley: @Wood_Jedi lol… #woodchat

@JimAAshley: @WoodworkGuy thanks Jeff #woodchat

@Furnitology: Thanks everybody for your interest in WoodExpo….thanks Woodchat for the opportunity…..Goodnight #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @BillGriggs Take care Bill #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @Furnitology Take care #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Talk to you later @Woodworkguy , @JimAAShley , @MichaelAgate , @Asliceofwood, @uppercutcood great see you you all!! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: just occurred to me part of the topic was the other shows too WIA and FWWLIVE. Quick poll: WIA-Cincy? WIA-Pasadena? FWWLive NY? #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: as well as @BillGriggs and @Tumblewood and the many others to vast to mention.. :O) #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @MansFineFurn WIA Cincy for me #woodchat

@BillGriggs: RT @Wood_Jedi: as well as @BillGriggs and @Tumblewood and the many others to vast to mention.. :O) #woodchat

@JimAAshley: @Wood_Jedi @WoodworkGuy @MichaelAgate @asliceofwood Have a good one! #woodchat

@JimAAshley: Have a good night all #woodchat

@jth: @allenworb oh, no, sorry I meant just finished the book! #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @MansFineFurn I’ll be at WIA Cincy and Fine Woodworking Live #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: WIA-Pas and FWWLive for me #woodchat

@Furnitology: RT @EliCleveland: Thats part of the prob. People dont know what we do-Conferences with other woodworkers dont bridge the gap. #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: If I can somehow swing WIA Pasadena, I’ll be there too, but I doubt it. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: I would love to go to Pasadena, cant justify the cost #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: OK, I guess those other shows will have to be a topic for another time…g’nite folks! #woodchat

@bmorewoodwork: I can’t swing any of the national conferences. Might need to find a local group! #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Whoops. I guess I missed #woodchat.

@MansFineFurn: Transcript is posted here: #ModernWoodworkers Association: About @WoodEXPOUS –the #Woodchat Transcript 2/1/2012

@Black_SheepWW: Had a lot to do tonight, I missed #woodchat. I’ll be sure to be there next week. Have to catch up on the transcript.

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Fine Woodworking Live August 2-5 SUNY New Paltz

You know I’m a big fan of Woodworking in America, it is a great time away from the day job, focused on woodworking with other woodworkers. I’ve been to two of them so far with the first one was focused on skill building and making connections. Last year was about renewing those connections and getting some special tools. I had a blast and learned a lot. It was a great time.

This year Woodworking in America is splitting into two shows, the traditional venue in Cincinnati, and a new location in Pasadena California. At first, my reaction was mixed: I’ll miss the guys who attend the Cincinnati show when I’m in Pasadena, but I’m excited for a shorter and cheaper flight.

Now Fine Woodworking mixes up the whole situation again with their announcement of Fine Woodworking Live August 2-5 at SUNY New Paltz.

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Fine Woodworking Live

Will I Be There

I’m not sure I’ll attend Fine Woodworking Live, but we do have friends in New York that are getting married – so we might be in that area anyway. If I’m in town, I’m attending. There isn’t a mention of a vendor area, but that wouldn’t stop me from attending anyway. However I’m currently planning to attend only one show: Woodworking in America in Pasadena.

Justifying Three Shows Per Year

After reading the post and some comments over on The Woodwhisperer’s site I am convinced that this is a good thing, and an opportunity to grow the woodworking community. To me it says a lot about the resurgence of woodworking to see Popular Woodworking believe that they will have enough attendance for two shows, and for FWW to believe that they believe they’ll still get enough attendees to justify their own, competing show. The business decision makers and sponsors behind these shows wouldn’t go for it if they didn’t believe they had the attendee numbers to justify three shows in one year. That’s awesome, and I hope all these shows are successful.

Top Speakers and Interesting Topics

After looking that the schedule for Fine Woodworking Live, I’m excited about the sessions. I don’t know if the format will be similar to other shows, but the speakers they have lined up and the topics they will cover are genuinely interesting to me.

After a quick look, the top topics for me are:

  • 5 Ways to Bend Wood with Michael Fortune
  • Essential Workbench Jigs with Matt Kenney
  • 40 Years of Woodworking Tricks with Christian Becksvoort
  • 7 Steps to Beautiful Boxes Instructor with Matt Kenney

Making New Connections

Last year at Woodworking in America, one key topic of discussion was “How to Save Woodworking” it’s been an ongoing theme with Christopher Schwarz and was the subject of a banquet dinner at Woodworking in America 2011. We’ve been encouraged to start blogs, bring others into the craft, and work hard to educate consumers about the benefits of working with local woodworkers.

Woodworkers have taken that task head on, creating the Modern Woodworkers Association, rebooting #Woodchat, and launching Get Woodworking Week.

Get Woodworking Week

Get Woodworking Week

So, although I’m still bummed that I won’t see all the Cincinnati Crazies, I’m excited to meet new woodworkers, encourage them in the craft, and bring them into the community. Overall these three shows will collectively reach more people, and that’s great for woodworking and those that support it.

Woodworker Showcase

An opportunity that Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking are uniquely suited to help with is to open their shows up to the general public to help educate and increase demand for locally made furniture. These shows could have woodworking showcases with pieces for sale; they could advertise to and educate consumers; and have targetted business, marketing, and sales seminars for woodworkers.

For there to be resurgence of woodworkers, there must be demand for the products we woodworkers make, and Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking could help small woodworkers with that through their shows.

Here’s an excerpt of an earlier post I made on the subject:

Consumers are buying more locally and responsibly produced products in many areas of their life. Families attend farmers markets, buy handmade goods on Etsy, pursue organic food and fair trade coffee, and buy electric cars. They do this even when the products aren’t necessarily better, they do it for two other reasons (in my opinion). 1. The product is more authentic, and 2. the product is more responsible. People in Seattle worry about the carbon footprint of the California grown tomato. No really, they do.

It’s hard for me to explain what I mean when I say a product is more authentic. I guess the best example I can give is that authentic means that someone with real skill actually touched the product. Think Adele vs. Katy Perry, or The Gap vs. a hand-knit sweater. Responsible I think is easy – no one buys a Prius because it’s fast, sexy, or good looking. It’s a very ugly, slow, and uncomfortable car. People buy a Prius because they want to be responsible. They may tell you it’s for the economics, but I don’t believe them, especially those that paid a premium when they were in short demand.

So I think the position that woodworkers need make clear with consumers is that locally produced custom handmade solid wood furniture is better quality, but it’s also authentic and more responsible. When customers know that the wood for their piece was hand selected, shaped, joined, and finished by your hands, a warmth is imparted on the piece. You can enhance this by including them in the design, bringing them along to pick out the wood, and blogging in detail as you build the piece. It’s kind of like ultrasound pictures for a baby in the womb, only in this case the baby is their furniture and the womb is your shop.

You can also have conversations with consumers about the responsibility of your product. Use FSC certified woods, safe finishes, and build your product well. Explain to them about mass produced furniture being built from trees that shouldn’t have been harvested in the first place being shipped by the container full across oceans, cite examples of toxic finishes found on foreign made products, and help them understand that your product will never fall apart and end up in a landfill. And of course stand by your product if it does need repair.

Call To Action

So, if you’re a woodworker and you’re going to attend a show, great! But don’t spend too much time lamenting that you might not see all of your woodworking friends at the show. Be excited that our craft is growing, be outgoing and open and meet new woodworkers, and encourage them to continue in the craft. Let them know about all the resources that are out there: Twitter, #Woodchat, Wood Talk Online Forums, Podcasts, Blogs, The Woodwhisperer Guild, and The Hand Tool School, the Modern Woodworkers Association, and other resources. Get their contact information, and follow-up with them. Answer their questions, and introduce them to others. Get cheap VistaPrint business cards containing this information, and hand them out.

Go Be a Woodworking Ambassador!

Lie-Nielsen Seattle Hand Tool Flyer

Lie-Nielsen Seattle Hand Tool Event

I was pretty happy the other day when heading to my mail box and finding this little beauty

Lie-Nielsen Seattle Hand Tool Flyer

Lie-Nielsen Seattle Hand Tool Flyer

Lie-Nielsen is bringing their Hand Tool Event back to Seattle Central Community College’s Wood Construction Center and I’m going to go there. I was there last year and picked up a set of chisels and a small shoulder plane. This year I think I’ll upgrade to a Lie-Nielsen block plane, and a new wall calendar for my office.

First of all, it’s free. So why wouldn’t I go to see Deneb sharpen? They bring their full line of woodworking hand tools, tshirts, calendars, books, videos, and hand tool care accessories. Everything is setup for you to learn from the expert demonstrators and staff, try the tools yourself, and buy the tools at pretty good deals with no shipping costs. And they have a door prize giveaway so I might get something for free.

If you haven’t been to a Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event, I recommend them. Click here to find one near you.