Sunday, April 06, 2008

The Woodworkers Showcase is truly a phenomenon. There were large crowds gathered for it and at times during the day all areas were packed. I stopped by the Fine Woodworking booth and Anatole Burkin, Editor was passing out free tote bags as fast as he could open boxes. There were shoppers buying new tools from Lee Valley, and Thomas Lie-Nielsen and dozens of other suppliers. Outside the hall, a Wood-Mizer saw mill was in constant motion, cutting walnut and cherry logs. The exhibit area was also full, with the works of craftsmen closely examined and admired by the crowds. I was told I had in excess of 50 attendees in each of my first two lectures and about a dozen in the third, so it is obvious that how to make boxes or furniture is more interesting to most than teaching our children. Perhaps one day things will change.

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