This past weekend The Woodworking Shows were in Atlanta. I spent the entire weekend at the show talking to people at the Modern Woodworkers Association booth and have to just say WOW. Last year we attended the show also and it was a lot of fun but I left feeling that it was set up more for DIY and home improvement than hobby woodworkers. This year was completely different, lots of great classes from some extremely talented woodworkers like Andy Chidwick, Paul Sellers, Jim Heavey, and Roland Johnson to name a few. Each providing different aspects of the craft and ideas that make you think.
There was a completely different feel and an atmosphere of excitement from vendors and attendees this year in large part due to a new owner that seems to be pushing the show in the right direction. I am excited to see what is in the future.
I spent most of my time at the MWA booth talking with attendees which is always a humbling experience to see so many knowledgeable and passionate woodworkers in one place. I met so many people that by Sunday I had almost lost my voice! One of the best things about writing a blog and being part of the Modern Woodworkers Association is that I have had the chance to meet so many great people, from members to teachers to magazine editors. It was great seeing and spending time with them all. Getting caught up in everyday life makes me forget why I started the MWA in the first place. But spending weekends like this makes me want to get into the shop and build, and share and encourage others to do the same. So with that said go build something and find others to do the same!
Be safe, learn something, and have fun!