Since the downturn, I was curious to see how this year’s IWF Show would be, but I’m happy to announce that it’s back in full swing! During this event, it provided access to all the major and even minor machine manufacturers. Plus, it showcased outside of that area by sharing new software, hardware, finishes and every other type of supplier a cabinet maker would like to learn more about.
Naturally, the CMA Bus Tour kick started the event, which was well executed with lots of action. Attendees were treated to four woodworking facility tours, which ranged from highly automated panel processors to a high-end and hand painted furniture house. Osborne Wood Products provided lunch in their company gymnasium then provided a tour of their turning and inventory operations. By the time I finished all that and returned to the hotel by 5PM, I was excited to see what the next day would bring.
The CMA events were planned well and their attendance was great. It’s always nice to see the regular faces, which I’m seeing more of at every show, but also meeting their new members. These events are fun because you can openly talk with other shop owners in a causal setting, which allows relationships to form. The What’s Your Problem seminar was incredibly helpful (as usual) and the banquet was so packed it provided standing room only. Also, I’d like to congratulate the Wood Diamond Award winners for their very impressive projects, they truly earned it.
If you’ve never been to a major trade show like this, you owe it to yourself to look into the next one. The information, new products and networking opportunities are worth the time and effort. All together, they make a few energizing days that would help any cabinet maker or business owner learn, grow or improve their woodworking and business operations.
David Buchsbaum, Owner of Atlanta Closet & Storage Solutions, has been designing, building and installing custom cabinetry and closet systems for over 25 years. David recently served on the Board of Directors of the Cabinet Makers Association, is an active member of the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals and is a Past President of the Woodworkers’ Guild of Georgia.
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