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AMERICAN WOODWORKER'S SHOW A ROUSING SUCCESS

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Seminar rooms were packed with woodworkers getting in-depth instruction on power-tool techniques, furniture design, sharpening, bowl turning, finishing, veneering and more. Leonard Lee, Mark Duginskc, lan Kirby, Mike Dunbar, Ernie Conovcr and Frank Pollaro were just a few of the fine craftsmen who shared their secrets.

And then there was Norm. Thousands of woodworkers stopped by to meet the congenial star of PBS TVs "This Old House" and "The New Yankee Workshop." Norm signed autographs at the Porter-Cable and Delta booths, and he gave two seminars on building a workshop.

AW's show was also a tool shopper's dream come true. Over 230 booths displayed everything from the hottest new power tools to specialty hardware, hand tools and

American Woodworker hosted the first Woodworking in America Show™ last November—the first show ever produced by a U.S. woodworking magazine. This three-day event at the Fort Washington Expo Center near Philadelphia attracted almost 10,000 woodworkers from as far away as England and Japan.

Never before have so many master woodworkers gathered together under one roof. Frank Klausz, Toshio Odate, Steve Blcnk, Simon Watts, Wayne Barton, Zachary Taylor and many other top craftsmen demonstrated their skills at booths on the show floor. Carving, turning, chair-making, joinery, coopering, musical instrument making— you name it, somebody was doing it. Vintagc-machinc buff Bill McCarthy even fired up his old steam-powered woodworking machines, to

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managing editor Tim Snyder Inits our router table (see AW ft44) to the test.

supplies. Manufacturers like Bosch, Delta, DcWalt, Freud, Porter-Cable and Ryobi were on hand, as were mail-order retailers including Constantine's, Craft Supplies, Garrett Wade and Woodcraft. Regional tool and wood dealers were also out in force with discounts aplenty.

An invitational gallery showcased breathtaking work by noted craftspeople. T urnings and carvings of all sizes shared spacc with furniture in every style from Windsor to postmodern. Attendees voted for their favorites, and cash prizes totaling almost $2,000 were awarded to the three most popular entries.

AW will host another giant show in Fort Washington, PA, the weekend of November 8-10, 19%. Stay tuned for more show dates and locations. Don't miss the next one!

Packed to the max. Nearly 10,000 woodworkers attended AW's first-ever woodworking show last fall in Fort Washington, PA.

Meeting Norm in person.

Television star Norm Abram takes time out from signing autographs to talk shop with a loyal fan.

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A Precision by hand. Cabinetmaker Frank Klausz steadies his saw to cut a dovetail.

A A good turn. Chips fly as Palmer Sharpless makes a mushroom-shaped, natural-edge box.

Shapely legs.

AW contributing editor Lonnie Bird discusses the fine points of cabriole legs.

A Japanese joinery. Toshio Odate fits stiles and rails on a shoji screen panel.

Green woodworking.

A crowd gathers to watch "bodger" Don Weber do green wood turning on a foot-powered lathe.

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