American Woodworking Shows Attract Crowds

As winter turns to spring, woodworkers and woodworking companies are turning out in full force across the United States to exhibit their wares and see what the woodworking industry has to offer. Trade shows in North Carolina and the Midwest this month offered visitors a chance to catch up on the latest in cabinetry and hand-crafted items.

Located only minutes from downtown St. Louis, Gateway Center in Collinsville, Illinois hosted the St. Louis edition of the Woodworking Show from February 9 to February 11. The Woodworking Show features expert woodworking instructors, woodworking demonstrations and woodworking contests. Local woodworking clubs like the Edwardsville Woodworker’s Club showed off their handiwork, and exhibitors offered passersby a chance to try out woodworking tools for themselves. This year’s event, which attracted thousands of visitors, marks the 33rd annual Woodworking Show held in St. Louis.

The Woodworking Show arrived in St. Louis fresh from Indianapolis, where visitors to the Indiana State Fairgrounds enjoyed looking at exhibits and woodworking demonstrations on February 2 and 3. After the show left the Gateway Center, it traveled to Kansas City for a two-day stint at Kemper Arena.

Meanwhile in Charlotte, North Carolina, the fifth annual Wood Pro Expo opened on Valentine’s Day. Held at the Charlotte Convention Center, the expo featured a keynote address by Lignum Consulting president George Frey. Attendees strolled through the convention center, perusing the latest cabinet and furniture designs. The event also offered a free off-site tour of the factory for Blum, a cabinet and furniture manufacturer.