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ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES. AWFS®Fair offers countless opportunities that’ll, teach, enlighten and entertain you, all at the same time. Be sure to spend ample time on the exhibit floor, because the practical and relevant information you want is easily accessible here.

AWFS-CONFERENCE--stage The AWFS®Fair STAGE. A new educational and entertaining destination located on the show floor. See a series of mini-presentations from various software exhibitors. Take the opportunity to explore a broad range of manufacturing software applications and have your questions answered by the experts. Plus Power Tool Demos, Celebrities, The Fresh Wood Award Presentations—see it all here!  The full schedule of demonstrations will be coming soon.

AWFS_PAWFS®Fair Plastics Program.  A special emphasis will be placed on plastics and plastics fabrication. Compare all the latest technology and supplies for plastics fabrication, with cutting, polishing and edge finishing machinery in action right on the show floor.


AWFS Presents Special Guest Speaker, John Bassett, III
Portrayed in the New York Times bestseller, “Factory Man,”
by Beth Macy
Thursday, July 23, 8:00 a.m., room N109/110

AWFS-CONFERENCE--john-bassett AWFS welcomes industry veteran John Bassett, III, to share his personal story of waging — and winning! — a battle against China’s dumping of cheap furniture into the American market, saving hundreds of domestic jobs and demonstrating the strength and resiliency of American business . Come and learn from this third-generation furniture manufacturer and enjoy his dynamic and astonishing tale.


Acrylic Tank Manufacturers Wayde and Brett from the hit show “TANKED.”
Location: AWFS Stage
Friday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m.

tankedAnimal Planet’s television series “TANKED” follows the operations of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of custom-designed aquariums, Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM), owned by brothers-in-law Wayde King and Brett Raymer. Living the dream designing and manufacturing some of the largest and most extravagant acrylic tanks in the world does come at a cost. With great success comes great challenges. Join Wayde and Brett, two of the country’s most successful aquarium builders, discuss their journey to success.

Fresh Wood Student  Woodworking Competition
Fresh Wood Display: Booth 5507
Awards: Friday, July 24 at 4:00 p.m. / AWFS Stage

freshwood competition logo_live textGlimpse the future of the industry in this exciting student contest. View entries and cast your vote for the People’s Choice award at the Fresh Wood booth, then return for the awards ceremony to find out if your favorites won. Special guest speaker, Kayleen McCabe.

Curious About Woodturning?
Booth 5717 • Daily Demonstrations at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) will be offering live lathe-turning demonstrations all through the show. Stop by to watch and learn more about this dynamic and rewarding craft. Featured demonstrator Jimmy Clewes, an internationally-recognized instructor and woodturning expert, will be demonstrating innovative and exciting turning techniques. AAW is also a host of the Turning to the Future student exhibition.

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Student Contest 
Booth 5717 • Awards: Friday, July 24 at 4:00 p.m. / AWFS Stage

New in 2015, this student competition, hosted by the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), showcases top national woodturning projects. See the pieces at the display booth throughout the show and find out which ones won top honors at the Award Ceremony.

PrintWoodwork Career Alliance Skill Evaluator Training
Creators of the Wood Manufacturing Skill Standards conduct on-site training to qualify candidates as Skill Evaluators—individuals able to assess and certify students and professionals on the tool and machine standards. The training is open to professionals and educators (teachers may qualify for discounts on the training). To become a candidate for Skill Evaluator training, go to www.woodworkcareer.org.


Gallery_logo_vert02-240x300The Gallery
Take a break and enjoy the view in the Central Hall. Be sure to stop by The Gallery, an area that includes the student competition displays and the AWFS®Fair bookstore. Be sure to browse the wide variety of books and pick up a great read or check out student-made furniture!

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