My wife I were able to attend the Scroll Saw Association of the World EXPO 2008 in Wilmington, Ohio this weekend. The Expo opened at 9am on Saturday. Attendance for the show was pretty good the first day. Sunday was a little slow but everyone that came saw a nice show.
The event was held at the Roberts Convention Center. The venue was first class from the spacious convention floor to the beautiful hotel. My wife and I spent Saturday night at the Holiday Inn attached to the Convention center building. The service was superb and the room was very nice. We definitely enjoyed our stay.
There were several seminars both days. Woodburning with Cheryl Dow, Compound Cutting with Diana Thompson, From the tree to the saw by Wes Demerest, Parquerty by David Adler, Intarsia techniques by Kathy Wise. These speakers wraped up the first days seminars. The ones I checked out seemed to be well attended. On Sunday Bob Duncan spoke about Article writing for magazines and Joannie West talked about Cut, Sand, Glue and Finish.
The only seminar I had time to attend was by Diana Thompson. Diana is a friendly and open person and she made the lecture entertaining. She discussed Basic compound cutting. I would estimate about 45 people attend Diana's seminar. After her presentation she took question and stayed around after to make sure everyone had their questions answered. I enjoyed the presentation and it looked as if the others in the room did also.
This first video is a sights and sounds introduction so the EXPO. The video is no where near a complete rundown of the show. I spent so much time talking and enjoying new friends that I neglected the video camera a bit.
The second video is a demonstration of the Sand-Flee by R.J.R. Studios. It is an interesting machine that drew quite a bit of attention at the show They were nice enough to demonstrate the capabilities for my readers. For more info visit www.rjrstudions.com
The last video for this post is an impromptu demonstration by Rick Hutcheson. Rick free hand cuts tiny compound cut reindeer without a pattern to the delight of the crowd. Rick is a master scroller and you can visit is web site here.
Thats all for this post. I will have more video and pictures in tomorrows post.