We’re fortunate to be able to visit many shops large and small, and also talk to those in the cabinet, furniture, millwork and fixture industries. We learn all kinds of things, some expected and some unexpected.

When we’re visiting their shop, people often point something out.

“Yeah, I was at IWF last time and we were about to leave, and then I saw this.”

If they weren’t on site, they would never have seen it.

We advise show attendees (See our “Tips for Attendees”) to plan ahead to get the most out of the show exhibits and the seminar schedule. If you plan carefully, you can get a lot out of a few days at a big event like IWF 2012.

But you can’t plan everything.

You might see something on the show floor that would be a great problem-solver for your business. Something unexpected and unplanned. You may learn something you hadn’t thought about in an educational seminar, or even gotten an interesting perspective from another attendee over lunch.

There’s no substitute for being there.

Even in our digital age, with hundreds of websites and information sources, nothing beats a live event, one in which you can touch and feel, compare and ask questions of a live person.

You can buy songs available for immediate download, and still buy music CDs, but a live event still rocks. Atlanta native

Tommy Roe sang “Everybody,” perhaps suggesting the potential audience for IWF 2012.

There is also the advantage of being in the same place with literally thousands of woodworkers, people with problems and questions similar to yours.

There will be more woodworkers in Atlanta the last week in August than anywhere else on the globe.

There’s no reason why you can’t be one of them. 

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