For the woodworking show, everyone has an agenda. Mine is to track down wood industry software applications; to look at inkjet imaging and coating of wood; and check out portable and benchtop power tools.
Well I don't want to forget about fasteners, lightweight panel, and veneer. And the latest in hardware components, including LED and power outlets. And everything CNC. And materials handling.
While my hit list leaves out a lot, I know it will be covered, because WoodworkingNetwork has a staff of 11 at this show, and we'll split our reportage by subject and media channel.
Editor-at-Large Rich Christianson will make sure the daily newsletter goes out daily, and will cover technology shifts, and the never ending sage of wood industry compliance concerns, safety issues including saw safety, and combustible dust.
Karen Koenig, editor of Wood & Wood Products and Redbook, will be interviewing for "Live from IWF" videos from the show floor, buttonholing woodworkers on the floor, and tracking down new technology and trends for the production-scale wood manufacturing industry.
Managing editor Michaelle Bradford will be following home storage and cabinetry, hardware and fasteners, and make sure Twitter @woodworkingbiz #iwf2012 is fed steadily.
Video editor King Pui Leung will be stationed at the Booth 2429, in his production studio for the IWF Innovation Soundstage. We beefed up our video capabilities extra mics and cameras so we can deliver more IWF 2012 reports that you can watch and listen to.
Custom woodworker and bloggist Jared Patchin will be making the rounds, reporting live video's and staging a Twitter Q&@ session August 22 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. You can see Jared answer questions if you're at the show; or follow the question and answers at @woodworkingnetwork.biz #PatchinIWF.
Finishing expert Bernie Bottens will be covering finishing at the show,and wil be on hand at WoodworkingNetwork's Booth 2429 throughout the show. (Bernie's wife Carol will be coordinating our booth activities.)
Our sale team on the floor will be busy visiting 850 booths, but they are also tweeting and bringing back wood industry news from across the Georgia World Congress Center - this year most of it will be good news.
Back at home Mike Curran, Katie Georgas, Jo Ellen Ennes, Beth Christenson, and Jo-Ann Kaiser help keep the engine room running at our website.
Wow - that's quite a crew! It's certainly the biggest among the professional woodworking media. That's how we stay on top of the news.
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