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I went to the Milwaukee show a couple weeks ago. Sounds very similar to your experience. It was probably half size since my last visit three years ago. I noticed the same price hike.
I do enjoy the (Carter) Alex Snodgrass band saw presentation though. Bought a couple new band saw blades and one of their stabilizers. Have not used it yet. Would sure like to make one of those reindeer's he's so good at. Figure I would loose a couple digits in the process though.

I also noticed the missing tool manufacturers. I had hoped Kreg would be there, as well as Milwaukee Tool. The parking was free.

The $14 entry fee gave you three entry tickets which allowed you to go all three days if you so wish.
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I went to the Milwaukee show a couple weeks ago. Sounds very similar to your experience. It was probably half size since my last visit three years ago. I noticed the same price hike.
I do enjoy the (Carter) Alex Snodgrass band saw presentation though. Bought a couple new band saw blades and one of their stabilizers. Have not used it yet. Would sure like to make one of those reindeer's he's so good at. Figure I would loose a couple digits in the process though.

I also noticed the missing tool manufacturers. I had hoped Kreg would be there, as well as Milwaukee Tool. The parking was free.

The $14 entry fee gave you three entry tickets which allowed you to go all three days if you so wish.
Mike, if these are the reindeer you're talking about they're not that difficult to make. I downloaded a pattern from the internet and made about 10 of them a couple years ago as Christmas gifts for the kids in the family, and of course spouse had to hang one or two on our Christmas tree.
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Mike, if these are the reindeer you're talking about they're not that difficult to make. I downloaded a pattern from the internet and made about 10 of them a couple years ago as Christmas gifts for the kids in the family, and of course spouse had to hang one or two on our Christmas tree.
Yep... They are the ones. I'll see if I can find the pattern. Thanks Vince!
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So sad to hear your experiences guys. I personally love to see tools demoed in person to ask questions before I buy them (if unfamiliar).
I haven't been to any of the woodworking "shows" here in Australia yet, although there's supposed to be one in Sydney this year I'm thinking of attending.

To be honest I'm finding it hard enough to have local suppliers of things I want. Timbecon is my main supply store so far, but they're in different states to me so I can't go in and see anyone. There's pretty much no specialty woodwork shops in Newcastle where I live, so online ordering is pretty much my only option.

Suffice it to say I'm pretty picky about where I order from.
I have yet to find a good wood supplier here too, as one I have purchased from were quite unfriendly to deal with and had no care for handling the wood I was purchasing, so I'm not likely to buy much from them.

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Mike: here's a link to the plans I used

https://woodgears.ca/reindeer/plans.html

And here's a link to the instructions - ignore all the Sketchup stuff and go down to the part where he starts gluing the plan to the wood.


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All the show are having the same issue, even the toy and train shows around us are going down. One of my customers that sells at flea markets said he thinks the flea markets will become a thing of the past also. Makes me sad, will it come to all online buying and selling and no one goes outside any more.
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I was at the show this weekend, and was a bit disappointed with the vendors, especially not seeing Bessey, Kreg, and Peachtree. I stopped by the front desk, and there was a letter that explained a lot of what is going on with Peachtree's absence. Peachtree has always been the primary vendor for these shows, and is often who brings in many of the other vendors. The company is family owned, and the owner's sister has been going through breast cancer treatment. Talking with one of the organizers, she has completed treatment and they are hoping for good news shortly. As a result, they made the decision to not attend the shows this year, with hopes of them returning next year. The organizers of the show did what they could to bring as many of the vendors back on their own, and while claiming they had just as many options, it did feel smaller this year. So while it was disappointing, it was understandable, and hopefully Peachtree will be able to be apart of it again. Also, they told me that the Atlanta show Peachtree WILL be there, and the schedule does show that as well.

I was planning on getting my next 4 Bessey clamps to finish out my K-Body collection, but I ended up getting a much needed set of dado blades (got the Ridge Carbide set), so it worked out in the end.

That said, I do wish they would freshen up some of the presentations. It seems like it is the same bunch of guys every year. While they do change what they are doing, it does start to get repetitive.


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Thanks Vince. They are now on my computer.

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Makes me sad, will it come to all online buying and selling and no one goes outside any more.
I go outside all the time; spend several hours every day working in the yard, feeding birds, landscaping, planting, etc., all the things I enjoy doing.

Of course, I could spend that time at shopping malls, food courts, looking for parking, sitting in traffic or creeping along in bad neighborhoods, and interacting with rude and ignorant people. That's always fun.

I haven't been to a mall since 2001, and other than hardware stores and grocery shopping, both activities I enjoy, I don't plan to go back to the mall.

I save time, money, and other resources by buying online. That makes me happy and tranquil, not sad.

I understand it might not be your choice, but I wouldn't return to those pipe-dream days of yesteryear for anything.

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I went to the Milwaukee show a couple weeks ago. Sounds very similar to your experience. It was probably half size since my last visit three years ago. I noticed the same price hike.
I do enjoy the (Carter) Alex Snodgrass band saw presentation though. Bought a couple new band saw blades and one of their stabilizers. Have not used it yet. Would sure like to make one of those reindeer's he's so good at. Figure I would loose a couple digits in the process though.

I also noticed the missing tool manufacturers. I had hoped Kreg would be there, as well as Milwaukee Tool. The parking was free.

The $14 entry fee gave you three entry tickets which allowed you to go all three days if you so wish.
Mike it did indeed give me tickets for three days but if I was anxious to leave after about 90 minutes, why would I want to go back?
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