by William Sampson
Get the most value from AWFS learning
Preparing yourself before the show will pay off in big education dividends.
Education is already one of the biggest bangs for your buck at AWFS, but a little homework goes a long way
in adding greatly to the value of educational sessions at the show.
This year’s AWFS College of Woodworking Knowledge offers two ways
to choose your educational menu.
You can select seminars A La Carte
for $75 each before June 27 and $95
thereafter. Or you can save by selecting Seminar Packages of three sessions
occurring on the same day for $195
before June 27 or $245 thereafter.
Seminars on the schedule this year
cover Business Management; Culture
& Workforce; Cabinet, Millwork &
Furniture; Software & Technology;
Techniques & Applications; and a
special Teacher Track.
In several categories there are
special SMART seminars. The acronym stands for Special Machinery
and Relevant Technology. These are
sessions conducted on the show floor
at exhibitor booths to take advantage
of the machinery available. They take
place before the show opens in the
morning and focus on new technology
applications, understanding machine
processes, comparative processes and
And if your travel plans permit, you
can come a day early to the show and
take in special daylong symposia cover-
ing Finishing, Closets, CNC Technol-
ogy, and the Woodworking Network 40
Under 40 Leadership Conference.
You can find out all about all of
these offerings by going to awfsfair.
org/education, but you need to pay
attention not just to the course titles
and schedules. Check out the speakers
and their backgrounds and expertise.
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