The Woodworkings Shows

Why Attend a Woodworking Show?

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An invitation from Roland Johnson,
Contributing Editor - Fine Woodworking magazine
Owner of Roland Johnson’s Woodworks
Hand-tool and power-tool expert for
The Woodworking Shows.

The Woodworking Shows has lined up a bunch of the best woodworking presenters in the country, and along with a great line-up of tool vendors the season has, and will continue to be a blockbuster event!

I know there are lots of folks who wonder why they should attend a woodworking tool show when there is plentiful information about tools and woodworking methods readily available on the web. The reason is simple: at the shows you can see the tools demonstrated; you can check out the tools up close, often trying them out for yourself, and ask questions from folks who really know the facts and who will be happy to show you the answers. Plus there is always that item that you run across at the show that you didn't know existed, but is just the answer to a woodworking riddle that's been pestering you.

In addition to the tool dealers there are a bunch of great seminars, given by nationally renowned woodworking experts, going on continuously all weekend. Finishing, cabinetmaking, router inlay, furniture building, setting up shop, hand plane rehab, and a host of other interesting topics are all included in the price of admission. Local woodworking organizations and schools are also typically well represented; a great way to meet other woodworkers in your area.

If you are new to woodworking there is no better way to get pointed in the right direction than attending a show. The shows are a great motivator, and the chance to meet experienced pros face-to-face and get good, solid, reliable information is priceless. Plus it’s a lot of fun.

Finally, it's just a wonderful way to spend a day or two totally immersed in the woodworking experience. You get to hang out with fellow woodworkers, spend time cruising the vendor isles, and just simply enjoying a great time.

So do yourself a favor and plan on spending a day or so with us at the show. Check out the tour schedule on The Woodworking Show’s website and make sure you mark your calendar; these shows are too good to miss. I’ll be at all of the shows this tour and I look forward to seeing you, so please stop by and say hi!

One of the things I personally enjoy about presenting seminars at the shows is the "show stories" I get to hear. Folks tell me about their adventures at the shows, or their great tool buys, or the seminar they attended that completely changed the way they work wood. I even had one fellow tell me how attending one of my seminars changed his life, now how do you top that! Have you got a show story? I’d love to hear it.

See you soon!

Roland Johnson