IWF 2012: The Woodworking Industry Recovers

By Bill Esler | Posted: 08/28/2012 4:00PM


Bill Esler, International Woodworking Fair 2012Woodworking network reported live from the IWF show on video, in blogs, and breaking news. Keep follow our post-show reports at a href ATLANTA - The International Woodworking Fair was a great success, meeting and even exceeding expectations for exhibitors and attendees. "The woodworking industry awakened from its Great Recession-induced coma last week at the International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair in Atlanta," notes Rich Christianson, Woodworking Network editor at large. Among key themes from IWF 2012:

IWF 2012: What
Attendees Told our
Video Crew

• Pent-up demand brought ready buyers to IWF, many fully versed following advance research, and ready to see machines and systems in action as a prelude to a deal. But there is no waiting.

• Technology continued to develop even during the downturn, with buyers ready to sign for basic production systems. Reduced energy usage, operational safety and combustible dust containment are key concerns.

• The market for top-end and cutting-edge technology was also present at IWF. Labor saving materials handling, application software and hardware and supplies for managing wood production cells that can mass produce, mass customize, or efficiently deliver batches of one have ready buyers.

• Advances in wood and hardware components will let custom closet and custom woodworkers serve changing demographics: multipurpose rooms in multigenerational homes. 

• Outsourcing custom wood project components has grown from doors, corbels and decorative specialties to unfinished ready-to-assemble casework and even larger assemblies.

• IWF 2012 had an even more global flavor than in the past. Get ready to compete with wood product manufacturers from Brazil.


Set-up for the International Woodworking Fair can seem chaotic from the show floor. Here are a selection of photos as the clock counted down the afternoon before the show opened, and then some scenes from the show floor.



About the Author

Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at WoodworkingNetwork.com Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at besler@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

Comments (0) Leave a comment 

e-Mail (required)


characters left


Search our database for woodworking equipment, supplies and services:

Select a category:

Feedback Form
Feedback Form