Innovation and Productivity in Every Action-Packed Minute.
At AWFS®Fair, making sure you get what you need for your business is our top priority. Each year, we work hard to innovate and improve the show—highlighting new products and resources to save you time and money, addressing new challenges, uncovering opportunities, developing the best education and ensuring the right connections—so that the time you spend here is packed with benefits, value and return on investment, everywhere you look.
The New Product Showcase
Location: Grand Lobby
Make this your first stop and see a full-scale display of the industry’s newest product launches. Items are identified with exhibitor and booth number so you can find them easily on the show floor. Preview this year’s entrants of the prestigious Visionary Awards, which honors the best new products of the year. Products are judged on creativity, quality and ingenuity, with winners chosen in five categories: Environmental, Ergonomics, Safety, Innovative Technology and Productivity.
First-Time Exhibitor Showcase
The right new resource could change the way you do business. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet exhibitors new to the show, and find out what they can do for you.
New Product Awards Presentation
Friday, July 26 at 9:30am
Location: AWFS® Theatre
The best new products for 2013 combine creativity, quality, and innovation. AWFS® honors top examples with these prestigious awards. The products are on display at AWFS®Fair for you to preview. Entries compete in five categories: Environmental, Ergonomics, Safety, Innovative Technology and Productivity.
College of Woodworking Knowledge Education Program (CWWK®)
Arm yourself with knowledge, know-how, and new ideas. Our professional education program is the best in the business, power-packed with learning opportunities. Choose from classroom lectures, skill workshops and technical seminars. Click here for details.
Women in Woodworking
Thursday, July 25 at 12:00pm | Location: AWFS® Theatre
WoodworkingNetwork.com sponsors a panel discussion and “speed networking” to talk about the challenges and advantages women hold within the wood products industries. Come find your peers or potential mentors among women involved in the furnishings, cabinetry, case goods and wood industries suppliers businesses.
Amazing Woodworking Stories
Friday, July 26 at 12:00pm | Location: AWFS® Theatre
Hear about WoodworkingNetwork.com’s most viewed stories ranging from a custom furniture maker whose DNA identified Richard III bones, to a wooden building that will be the world’s tallest made entirely from timber and even wooden vehicles: a plywood Ferrari; a bamboo bicycle; wood bicycles; a maple motorcycle.
The smartSHOP is a fully operational cabinet shop on the exhibit floor that will showcase “Simplicity in Automation for the Small Shop.” If you’ve ever been intimidated by the vast field of woodworking machinery visible on a trade show floor, the smartSHOP brings automation down to scale for the modest size shops. This is a great opportunity for you to see how it takes less time to do more, and do it with ease and sophistication.
It’s hosted by industry expert, Gero Sassenberg and other professionals who will be on hand to answer questions as an automated shop demonstrates the machinery and processes of cabinet construction from data input software to cabinet assembly. The experts will interact with attendees while demonstrating the automation process—from start to finish. The smartSHOP will produce product for a local charity, and free, “mini-start demos” will be sprinkled throughout the day for attendees dropping by.
Woodwork Career Alliance
The Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) will conduct Accredited Skill Evaluator training at the AWFS Fair. The WCA’s Wood Manufacturing Skill Standards Passport and Credentialing program is a means of documenting one’s skill capabilities on the machines and tools most used in the woodworking industry. Skill evaluators are trained to test others towards earning stamps for their woodwork skills Passport. The training is open to industry professionals and educators (discount available for educators). Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Scott Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.