Old Methane Gas Cloud
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, California
I'll try to explain.
Rewind the clock 15 to 20 years, before the Internet explosion.
There were two places to purchase woodworking tools and materials, brick and mortar stores and mail order catalogs. Enter the woodworking show. The show floor was loaded with instructional seminars intended to sell products. Originally these shows offered products and materials at substantial discounts. These woodworking shows were great places for education.
Today the Internet has changed the world of woodworking shows. The educational opportunities are still there. The ability to purchase items at reasonable prices is still there. You will find tools, gadgets and stuff in general that you never even dreamed of. However you will find that your local woodworking source probably have better prices. (Not by much but still usually a better price.)
Today for the price conscious shopper, the Internet is king.
Because of the Internet, vendor participation at these shows has decreased. In the past 5 years or so, the participation at The Woodworking Show at the Orange County Fairgrounds has fallen off close to 50%. Manufacturer participation is significantly reduced.
There were originally two "shows", The Woodworking Show and Wood Works. As Wood Works started to fail, both shows were combined and acquired by a single entity. The gentleman that owns both shows is a woodworker and attempts to present the shows with enthusiasm but it is a difficult, especially in these economic times.
While not in the same class of show, I was talking to a previous vendor at AWFS in Las Vegas. He told me that the smallest booth cost about $4000 and all that included was a table with 2 chairs. His cost for two people, a week in a hotel, meals, transportation to/from Las Vegas and all the "Show Support labor" that he needed to hire would be over $8000. He did not see the return on investment by attending the show.
The last 'The Woodworking Show' that I attended, I was home before dinner. Travel was about 90 minutes round trip and the show opened at noon. I probably spent thirty dollars. (I spent almost $200 at AWFS.)
So now here's the question: "Is there something that your significant other would enjoy doing in the area of the show?"
Drive 5 hours, a nice dinner, a night in a hotel, SO goes off in the morning to do their thing while you do your thing, a nice dinner, another night in a hotel and a drive home. It could be a pleasant weekend away from home.
Use the right tool for the job.
Rich (Tilting right)
Huntington Beach, California
Remember that when we have the "BIG ONE" everything east of the Rockies falls into the ocean.