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Attending WIA (woodworking in America)?

Has anyone here ever attended? I am considering it, but I'm wondering if it's worth the $400+ admission and probably another $500 in travel expenses.
I really enjoyed going to the "woodworking show" in Tampa this year, but that was only $10 to get in. I wouldn't have paid $400 for it.... So what makes WIA worth that amount of money and how might it be different or similar to the woodworking show?
Thanks in advance for any opinions.
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I would rather have $400.00 worth of wood.
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I would rather have $400.00 worth of wood.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm not gonna go, but I'm just curious why it's so expensive.... I'd rather use that money towards a new tool
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I don't really know but it doesn't look like there is that many people attending. By the time they rent the building, pay for insurance, pay the speakers it takes a high price to make a profit.
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm not gonna go, but I'm just curious why it's so expensive.... I'd rather use that money towards a new tool
Its probably expensive for the same reason the consumer electronics show and e3 are expensive: branding. Its a huge name that draws in huge crowds, so the organizers know that no matter what they charge, people will pay, just because they know its a good even for seeing the newest shiney things. The diehards have more money than self restraint after all. Same as any show, convention, or sports event for that matter.

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I would rather have $400.00 worth of wood.
And answers like that are why I think you're awesome Steve


P.s. if I had the money, I'd go in a heartbeat. Sure, its probably massively overpriced and overhyped, but still, I'd be awesome to see so many tools and woodworkers gathered in one place

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Wish I knew about the one in Tampa - I would have gone to that - specially for $10.

No offense to anyone living there, but I don't go to Kansas for any reason :(
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Wish I knew about the one in Tampa - I would have gone to that - specially for $10.

No offense to anyone living there, but I don't go to Kansas for any reason :(
It will most likely be in Tampa again next year. They do shows all over the country. It is amazing that they only charge $10. They have tons of great classes. Just keep an eye on their website for when they'll be in Tampa again.
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Its probably expensive for the same reason the consumer electronics show and e3 are expensive: branding. Its a huge name that draws in huge crowds, so the organizers know that no matter what they charge, people will pay, just because they know its a good even for seeing the newest shiney things. The diehards have more money than self restraint after all. Same as any show, convention, or sports event for that matter.



And answers like that are why I think you're awesome Steve


P.s. if I had the money, I'd go in a heartbeat. Sure, its probably massively overpriced and overhyped, but still, I'd be awesome to see so many tools and woodworkers gathered in one place
For me to be a woodworker you have to be kind of an engineer. You have to work out solutions to the problems building each project. I don't see how you can learn enough in one show to help. Over the years there is no telling how many people I've worked for and picked up tidbits of ways of doing things but I can't think of one earth shattering idea I could relate to any one person. The show may have some great folks but I can't see how anyone would come away being $400.00 a better woodworker.
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Got curious and looked at it. It seems more like 2.5 days of classes than a show. So, it's more like $435 for classes. The Market Place (think show floor) is $10 to get in. It's not clear how many vendors will be there, though. There are some elbow rubbing activities with fellow attendees. Not sure the value of that.

The class descriptions are pretty interesting - with a number of meaty topics. One problem I see is that there are 9 class times and 42 classes so you will only be able to take less than one quarter of the classes. Also, it doesn't seem like it would be hands-on since each session is 2 hrs long. It's likely you will get a fairly brief overview of the topic and not a lot of depth.

If I lived in the area, I might consider doing it. They will have a lot of fairly well known wood workers presenting there. Though, you can probably find many videos on each topic online. For example, Stumpy Nubbs will be there teaching a course called "Make your own Woodworking Machines". Or you could just watch his videos.
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Has anyone here ever attended? I am considering it, but I'm wondering if it's worth the $400+ admission and probably another $500 in travel expenses.
I really enjoyed going to the "woodworking show" in Tampa this year, but that was only $10 to get in. I wouldn't have paid $400 for it.... So what makes WIA worth that amount of money and how might it be different or similar to the woodworking show?
Thanks in advance for any opinions.
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