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The Greatest Woodworking Show on Earth

A few years ago, I attended the Woodworkers Showcase show in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and I was amazed. It was the most perfect woodworking show I had ever attended. Why? Because of four things.

1. The free classes and seminars were extraordinary. That year I learned more about cold-bending from Jere Osgood and furniture design from Garrett Hack in a single day than I’d learned by reading (too many) books.

2. An amazing display of furniture, turnings and other objects (even a canoe!) that were built by the members of the club who put on the show, the Northeastern Woodworker’s Association.

3. Hands-on displays and demonstrations of jigs, fixtures, carving and sash-making that were ongoing the entire weekend.

4. And, of course, booths and booths of vendors selling new equipment and vintage tools.

And amazingly, admission for all this was just $7 for adults.

This year, I was asked to demonstrate at the Woodworkers Showcase , a huge honor , on April 5 and 6. It’s this coming weekend at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Click here for information on the event.

I’ll be demonstrating the scraper sharpening technique I developed after plumbing the historical record, and I’ll be showing off the three kinds of handsaw cuts that I discuss in the newest issue of Woodworking Magazine.

In addition to my demonstrations, you can also catch demos from chip-carver Wayne Barton, box-maker and instructor Doug Stowe (ask him about Sloyd if you see him) and Peter Korn, who runs the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and is a talented woodworker. Plus, there will be demonstrations from members of the club on every topic imaginable, from marquetry to miniatures to turning to rustic furniture construction.

When I’m not teaching, I’ll be in a booth selling a few books, magazines and DVDs. If you’re at the show, do stop by and say hello.

If you live anywhere in the northeast, this is a show that shouldn’t be missed. People drive from all over the eastern seaboard to attend the Woodworkers Showcase. It’s worth it (heck , I flew up from Cincinnati when I first attended).

Hope to see you there.

– Christopher Schwarz

2 thoughts on “The Greatest Woodworking Show on Earth

  1. P. Massabie

    Chris, this is the answer I got from the regulatory body:
    Too short notice…
    So, I don’t think I would get the required Woodworking shows and similar attendance permit on time.

    Will be next year, but I’m going to keep it on the radar.



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