View Full Version : Wood working show in Pasadena Tx. Feb. 26-28

02-18-2016, 11:55 AM
I was just informed about the woodworking conference in Pasadena and was wondering if CarveWright going to be there? I saw 3 classes on CNC basic, turning also.
Any info about this?

03-08-2016, 10:19 PM
I was just at the Somerset Woodworkers show ... There was no CW booth/stand ...

03-09-2016, 10:14 AM
Sorry, I'm just seeing this post. CW is not at any Woodworking Shows. They are too expensive and not well attended.

03-09-2016, 07:41 PM
Since the economy is supposedly better maybe more people will attend. But then fewer people are doing woodworking these days. Someone should audit the shows this year and se how things are.

03-09-2016, 08:10 PM
I traded emails with the guys at the Woodworking shows about not having anything out west this year. They said their decision not to have any was based on the last 2 years with very low attendance, reduction in vendors and the over all sales being down compared to what they see in the east.

03-10-2016, 12:43 PM
Phil (my husband) went to the WWS in Pasadena (I was out of town) and he said he talked to some of the vendors. They, too, admitted that attendance has been way down and a lot of vendors had backed out over the last few years.

03-10-2016, 06:58 PM
There is a show this month up in Green Bay I am planning to attend. I went last year, but made it out there a little late and most had already closed up shop. This year I plan to get much earlier. From what I saw they had good attendance yet when I was there. They are great for grasping new ideas folks have out there.

03-10-2016, 10:38 PM
I went to the Pasadena as well. The vendors I talked to just complained about the lack of space. They got bumped out of the main convention center by the Gem Show.
They did say that the show promoter was testing the western market. The vendors did say this show was well attended.

03-11-2016, 09:09 AM
Somerset seemed to have good attendance compared to the last 2 or 3 yrs .. I have been going to that show for 20 yrs or so ... I have noticed that some of the big tool folk have cut back their presence .. I noticed last yr for the first time that there were a couple JUNK China tool stands selling cheap Cheap Shit stuff... Also there weren't to many good deals to be had ... I was looking to find a true track saw .. Seen One !!!! ONE .... It was a Triton ... Same exact saw as the Shopfox N Grizzly but , at double the price .. No Sale on that one ...

03-18-2016, 10:06 AM
I think that CarveWright is shooting itself in the foot by NOT attending woodworking shows! Not even the one in Pasadena!
To me, this lack of marketing will be the death of a nice machine.
Where will the new potential buyers come from? There is a lot of competition out there and some of them are selling machines right under CarveWright's noses. DIGITAL Wood Carver was at the January 2016 Springfield Massachusetts woodworking show and sold two machines at the show. That is only part of the success of this Indiana based, American made machine. There was a lot of interest. Many people took information on this CNC router that goes between $3500 - $5,000. That speaks well toward future purchase. And since they were the only CNC router at the show, they will be the ones that the 2000 attendees will consider for future purchase. They were also in Pasadena.
CarveWright needs to put together a "learning experience" to go along with a demo of the machine. The demo needs to be on a 50" or larger TV so that the noise can be controlled and the cool projects need to be on display. You guys scare me with your lack of marketing. I really hope that you are here for "us" in five years!

03-18-2016, 01:32 PM
I too am also worried about the future of our machines. It seems to me that concentration over the last two years has been to make money off of existing users rather than growing the base. The constant running out of stock of basic items has worried me as well. Many new woodworkers are part of a community on you tube. Other CNC makers are flooding you tube with machines. xcarve has been giving machines to popular woodworkers on you tube for the advertising benefits of the followers seeing the machines in use on the shows. You don't see carvewright anywhere on youtube except for older commercials and tutorials. I like my machine and hope to use it for many years but I too am worried.

03-18-2016, 01:39 PM

I agree with your comments 100%. Well stated!

03-18-2016, 01:59 PM
I also just noticed that prices are taking a dramatic increase. The memory card programmer used to sell for $45 at lowes and Home depot and when you bought one it was shipped from LHR. LHR sold them for around $60 and now they have jumped to $99 so with shipping its over $100. Prices on Brushes and other maintenance items have jumped as well. I hope this is not a trend as well. I am not putting down LHR, in fact I still think they have a great product that was very affordable when it first came out.

03-19-2016, 09:03 AM
Yes, I agree that they may be pricing themselves to the unemployment lines ... They have, in my opinion, been trying to bilk us guyz whom have had the machine for yrs and have gone through the expense of the maintenance and repair ... Not to mention the software, folks need to get breaks somewhere along the line.. I still have a bad taste in my mouth from when they sold me designer 2.0 less than a month before the release of the new designer.. They could have easily informed me that a new version was READY for release in 2 or 3 weeks... But nope they sold me 2.0 then expect me to feel good about it ... I haven't purchased anything from them since .. And I alwayz was one to believe in supporting LHR so it would be able to stay around ... Someone mentioned the XCarve, that's where I think I'm gonna end up, and it's a lot less then a CW plus the software is OPEN SOURCE .... FREE