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WMT just returned from an action packed weekend in Winston-Salem, NC, which hosted Woodworking in America for 2014.  This was our first show, but thanks to a strong presence from the Instagram woodworking community, it felt like we were old pros.  We were located within a booth or two from several popular and/or up and coming tool makers who we’ve known through Instagram for some time, but were able to meet in person for the first time this weekend.  (Check out their sites and their instagram profiles: Texas Heritage, Sterling Tool Works, Caleb James Planemaker, Peter Galbert, Scott Meeks Woodworks, & Plate 11 Bench Co)

We had a great time, met countless enthusiastic woodworkers (who were very gracious with their feedback on our tools), and drank some of the local brew (which was delicious).  If you didn’t make it this year, try for next year.  It’s worth the effort.

Setup:

The WMT booth along side Texas Heritage and Sterling Toolworks

The WMT booth along side Texas Heritage and Sterling Tool Works, Thursday night.

Our main display table.

Our main display table.

Lie-Nielsen

Lie-Nielsen

Lee Valley

Lee Valley

The Bosch booth... they really seem to be stepping up their power-tools-for-woodworkers game.

They’re not for the power-free woodworker, but Bosch really seems to be stepping up their power-tools-for-woodworkers game.

The night life after setting up on Thursday.

The night life after setting up on Thursday.

The Show:

Finally got a look at Lie-Nielsen's sharpening jig.  Not yet released, but I'll be buying it asap.

Finally got a look at Lie-Nielsen’s sharpening jig. Not yet released, but I’ll be buying it asap.

Got to try out a few of Caleb James' wooden planes, very nice.

Got to try out a few of Caleb James’ wooden planes, very nice.

Blue Spruce had a few new tools to test out as well.

Blue Spruce had a few new tools to test out as well.

Chris from Sterling Tool Works at his bench.

Chris from Sterling Tool Works at his bench, lots of goodies to play with (including his new bench).

Travishers by Claire Minihan (pictured), find them on Peter Galbert's site.

Travishers by Claire Minihan (pictured), find them on Peter Galbert’s site.

Lee Valley announced a new line of modular planes.  You pick the handle type (two styles, three sizes per each), knob style (three to choose from), frog angle, and blade material (O1, A2, or PMV11)

Lee Valley announced a new line of modular planes. You pick the handle type (two styles, three sizes each), knob style (three to choose from), frog angle, and blade material (O1, A2, or PMV11)

...and an interesting display to try out the various tote and knob configurations so you can decide what's best for you.

…and an interesting display to try out the various tote and knob configurations so you can decide what’s best for you.

An infill plane by Juan Vergara, the first of his I'd seen in person.

An infill plane by Juan Vergara, the first of his I’d seen in person.

The Instagrammers:

Despite all the great tools and woodworkers, the best part of WIA14 for us was meeting all our fellow instagrammers in person.

Despite all the great tools and woodworkers, the best part of WIA14 for us was meeting all our fellow instagrammers in person.

Todd Nebel was there for the show... and walked away with the Jet bandsaw door prize.  Not a bad haul Todd.

Todd Nebel was there for the show… and walked away with the Jet bandsaw door prize. Not bad.

Marco Terenzi brought some of his miniatures... Im jealous how little time it would take to flatten that bench.

Marco Terenzi brought some of his miniatures… I’m not jealous at all of how little time it would take to flatten that bench, except that I am.

Bradley Workshops guitar was on display and put to use briefly mid-show thanks to...

Bradley Workshop’s guitar was on display and put to use briefly mid-show thanks to…

...anne of all trades.

…Anne of all trades.

See you next year.
-WMT

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