Had a great time at the Atlanta Woodworking Show last weekend. The show was held in Norcross, Georgia. This was my first time, and I didn’t know quite know what to expect. Barry Gross was there, and I hung out in his booth most of the day to hear his talks about making pens. He talked about pen-making basics, then a talk on finishing, and finally a talk on pen casting.
The show is a conglomeration of woodworking vendors and seminars and demos. I was there for most of the day, and feel that I didn’t get to see everything. So you might want to plan on a 2 day visit. I bought my ticket for $10 online and that gives you access to the show for all 3 days –Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Many of the area woodworking clubs were there. One club had mini lathes set up for adults and kids to make their own pen. There was the Gwinnett Woodworker’s Association and Woodworker’s Guild of Georgia. The clubs had booths and showed off what the members have been making.
Also, there were opportunities to find discounted tools. Some vendors were selling tools and equipment that had been used for demos. In the back of the show against the wall was a vendor who brought all kind of tools and woodworking accessories. It’s just piled up on tables without much thought on how it’s organized. But you can find some great prices on hand tools and bits on those tables.
This show is tailored more toward the weekend warrior or hobbyist—like myself. You get to meet interesting people and socialize with folks that share your passion. I learned a lot of new things and look forward to attending next year.
How about you? Have you attended this show or maybe other shows this year? Did you enjoy it and learn anything new you’d like to pass on? Feel free to use the comments section below.