Day Trip: The Woodworking Show in Atlanta

I took my oldest son with me to The Woodworking Show in Atlanta. He actually wanted to go (with a little bribery in the form of having lunch at The Varsity), and enjoyed himself. He even found a tool kit he wanted, so I picked that up for him. Plus, we hooked up with his grandfather (my father), so it was a real family “man” outing.

I can’t say that I was blown over by anything at the show – I didn’t see any innovate products. There were typical demonstrations on tool use and finishing techniques, and carnival-esque hawkers at each booth (very annoying). I did film a couple of things that were interesting.

A lot of folks have either already seen or heard about the reindeer form being cut on a bandsaw. Here’s a quick video on one guy doing this:

What makes this possible are the blade and blade guides this company makes.

The Gwinnett (County, Georgia) Woodturners group was making what they called a world-record turned wood bowel from a huge slab of spalted red maple.

One of the group members made and modified the equipment to make this possible. Not super practical, but retired guys must have something to do, I reckon.

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  1. My parents and I have attended every year for the last 6 or 7 years and have even gone to the trouble of attending their shows in other states.

    I was more disappointed in the planning behind the scheduled demonstrations. I attended with my two elderly parents, one of which is handicapped. They were specifically interested in the “educational stuff” as mom put it.

    Looking over the schedule in the back of their handout, we couldn’t make heads or tails of where the various events were being held. We went to the information booth to find out how to read it. Turns out that the color coding matched a single map near the front entrance. If you are checking out the products near the back of the room at the time you notice a panel you want to see, one would have to walk all the way to the entrance to see where the event was being held. Probably not an issue if you only want to see a single panel, but that is rarely the case and certainly wasn’t the case with my folks. So the only alternative to running back and forth was to commit the entire map to memory.

    When I suggested for next year they might consider placing a copy of the map in the handout or in multiple places about the room, the information booth attendant became very rude, rolling her eyes at me, and just wasn’t very nice about it at all.

    I doubt we’ll be back next year. Poor planning being met with unwarranted rudeness is a bit much to deal with for the price and the drive.

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