Vase & Flower - Sells For $27,000. Worth Every Penny!Each year, near the end of March, the Northeastern Woodworkers Association’s hosts a woodworker’s show called Woodworker’s Showcase. It is held at the  Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway,Saratoga Springs, NY and this year’s show dates are March 23 & 24 (Saturday & Sunday). I attend this show every year. It is by far the best woodworking show I have attended, and I attend a lot of woodworking shows.

Woodworker’s Showcase is heavily weighted to the display of custom furniture, turnings, toys, guitars, chairs and all sorts of pieces made from wood. Whether you are a woodworker or someone who appreciates fine art you will enjoy this show. The is also an exhibitors floor where you can window shop for for all the latest tools and jigs and often make purchases at substantially reduced prices.

I often bring my camera to the show and capture some of the pieces on display. To see what has been showcased in the last few year follow these links:

20th Annual NWA Saratoga Woodworkers Showcase 2011
The 19th Annual NWA Woodworkers Showcase 2010

Chiefwoodworker’s Talk at Woodworker’s Showcase

This year, like I have for the last two years, I will be giving talks both days on Trimble SketchUp. The talks are introductory in nature; SketchUp can’t be taught in two hours. I demonstrate both beginner and advanced drawing techniques intended to give the interested attendee a thorough idea of the capabilities of SketchUp. My talk is centered on the free version, which is all any hobbyist woodworker needs. The Pro version has features a professional woodworker may want and I hit on some of those features in my talk too. There is an admission fee for the show, by my SketchUp talk is free, as is all the lectures at Woodworker’s Showcase. You can download the lecture schedule at http://www.nwawoodworkingshow.org/information.htm and click Demo Schedule in the menu at the bottom of the page.

I hope to see you there. Please join me in one of my talks.