The International Woodworking Fair 2018 is one of the largest wood industry shows on the planet. It brings together cabinetmakers, furniture builders, millwork manufacturers, sheet stock and hardwood suppliers, machine and tool sellers and, of course, buyers under a single roof. It takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, and happens every other August in the even years.
What is especially appealing about IWF is that a one-man shop is as welcome as the largest industrial manufacturer of furniture. There are more than a thousand exhibitors, half a million square feet of exhibits, and tens of thousands of attendees. So, the booths cater to every aspect, size and type of woodworking operation.
|Woodshops looking to expand their CNC and robotics capabilities, or explore the latest CAD or Cam solutions, are going to find cutting edge technologies here (yup, that horrible pun was intentional). And shops that want to upgrade existing traditional equipment such as panel saws or dust collection will discover new suppliers, new methods and new machines. From material handling to customer service software, bit and blade sharpening to toolholders and aggregate heads, there's absolutely nothing a woodshop needs that can't be found in Atlanta this month.|
|Thousands of new products are showcased by the world’s top manufacturers of machinery, supplies and services. Woodworkers can watch live demonstrations of the products they are researching, and do so while meeting their peers face-to-face and exchanging ideas and contact info that will help their businesses grow. And in this global economy, shop owners are bound to meet manufacturers and service providers from around the world (IWF has translation services available in Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese). There are workshops and lectures, demonstrations and round tables, and all of them are led by experts in the field.|
What is truly astonishing is that all of this is available for $35! To register, click here.
The show is owned and operated by two organizations, the Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers Association (WMMA) which represents domestic manufacturers of machinery, cutting tools and supplies; and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) which represents wood machinery importers and distributors.
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