The Woodworking Shows, Northeast.
The Woodworking Shows made its yearly stop at the Eastern States Exposition this past weekend and having never been, I decided I would make the trip north to check it out.
Despite a week of foul weather in the Northeast, the parking lot around the Young Building was packed to the gills and after getting my ticket, I was amazed by the amount of commotion inside. The aisles were packed, machines were going, and both patrons and presenters were happily making chips, shopping, and chatting about the craft. The variety of local clubs present was also impressive.
While there, I visited Contributing Editor Roland Johnson and frquent author David Heim at their booths and also sat in on a few other seminars. Every demo or seminar had a crowd, sometimes standing room only. There were new tools from Veritas as well as used, vintage tools from a variety of vendors.
Overall, the show was an amazing compilation of everything woodworking. I’d highly suggest taking the trip to The Woodworking Shows if they are in your area. For a listing of vendors and presenters, as well as show locations and dates, visit www.thewoodworkingshows.com.
Despite some foul weather, the crowds at the Eastern States Exposition were busy pouring over the vendors, demonstrators, and seminar instructors throughout the building.
On-site turnings by the members of Western Massachusetts Woodturners were a popular event. Other local groups included Central Connecticut Woodturners, Central New England Woodturners, Connecticut Wood Carvers Association, Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers, Heartwood School, Mystic Woodcarvers, Early American Industries, Southern New England Scrollers and the Workbench Woodworking and Craft School.
Fine Woodworking Contributing Editor Roland Johnson is a headlining presenter at the shows. Here, he gives a presentation on rehabbing vintage Stanley Bailey planes.
"20 Minutes with Veritas" was a popular event, giving a handful of spectators a guided tour of some of Veritas' new tools, such as their built-to-order series of hand planes, and the chance to make some shavings.