The venue was slightly smaller than I had expected, but, it was chock full of great vendors, presentations, displays and demonstrations. I was also really happy to see a lot of local groups, clubs, schools and businesses in the mix. Sometimes when you go to a venue like this one, it consists of a lot of big name tool manufacturers and only one or two local guys, but this show had a bunch of businesses from in and around the Maryland area which was great to see!
It seems like an obvious formula that more traveling expos should follow:
Local Guys / (Vendors + Demonstrators) + Big Vendors With New Stuff + Famous Names Giving Seminars = Me Happy To Give You My $10 For Entrance!
I have all of these photos and more that I took at the show on a slideshow at Flikr here:
Polthaus Workshop Flikr
Once I parked my car and started walking down to the show, I could hear the WoodMizer guys firing up their demonstration machines so I stopped over to take a look. As always with these demos, I immediately tried to figure out which kidney I like the least because I NEED one of these machines! They also had an edger demo set up inside for edging flitches in the field, what a great idea!
WoodMizer wasn't the only show on the road here with respect to raw lumber milling. There were several other independent makers at the show, and one of the better looking machines, at least in my opinion (and very affordable), was the one below from Lumber Smith which is out of Virginia.
|Lumber Smith Portable Sawmill|
|Lee Valley Veritas Booth|
|Mr. Settich Giving A Seminar On Building Handplanes|
|Set For Tommy MacDonald, Star Of APTs "Rough Cut"|
There were numerous TV and DVD stars at this show giving presentations on tool use, woodworking tips, process demonstrations and plenty of question and answer sessions. I was really impressed with the amount of information available and the quality of the presentations that were given.
|The Bandsaw Clinic Was Excellent|
|I Am Planing On Taking Some Of |
Mr. Supik's Woodturning Classes!!
|Beautiful Hand Carved Items From The Howard County Woodworkers |
This was a great show