by Karl D. Forth
firstname.lastname@example.org AWFS FAIR
AWFS Fair is the place for innovation
Large woodworking exhibition set for Las Vegas.
The best place to see the latest innovations in woodworking technology this year is AWFS Fair, which returns to the
Las Vegas Convention Center July 17 to
20. It will be the largest trade exhibition
for professional woodworkers in North
America in 2019.
AWFS expects more than 600 exhibitors at this year’s show, with more than
18,000 industry professionals expected
The large trade exhibition will feature hundreds of ideas and products to
improve any woodworking business. The
live event offers the opportunity to see
things attendees may not have known
existed or even thought about.
The show is intended for makers
of cabinets, furniture, millwork, store
fixtures, windows, closets, components,
doors and other wood products.
The exhibit hall will be open Wednesday to Friday, July 17 to 19, from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m., and on Saturday, July 20, from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m.
Staying on top of technological
advances and digital transformation is
a priority for many businesses. Software
advances, Industry 4.0 and internet-con-nected equipment are all primary issues.
The AWFS Symposia presented by CCI
Media and Woodworking Network
provide a full day’s intensive training.
Four symposia are offered. This year’s
program covers Finishing, CNC Technol-
ogy, Closets, and Leadership. Each of the
symposia go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July
16 and include a networking lunch.
Moderated by FDMC editor Will
Sampson, the CNC Technology Sym-
posium features presentations for all
levels of users and sizes of operations,
and there will be ample opportunity for
questions and answers. The program is
co-sponsored by RSA and Castaly.
The finishing symposium will look at
a variety of new and emerging finishing
technologies, best practices and problem
solving. It is moderated by FDMC and
Woodworking Network editor Karl Forth.
The Finishing Symposium is sponsored
by Milesi, Superfici, and Burkle.
Moderated by Closets & Organized
Storage magazine’s editor Michaelle
Bradford, the Closets Symposium is
intended for closet and garage busi-
nesses, closet designers, and builders and
remodelers. Learn latest design trends,
sales and marketing techniques.
Inspired by Woodworking Network’s
40 Under 40 program, the Under 40
Leadership Conference is aimed at current and future woodworking industry
leaders. Sponsored by Hexagon and Timber Products, the program is moderated
by Harry Urban, publisher of Woodworking Network.
The College of Woodworking Knowledge
(CW WK) is the AWFS Fair’s compre-
hensive seminar program, built around
important trends, new technologies and
Attendees can choose topics to ex-
plore in this education program offering
many business and skill-building semi-
nars, delivered by experts and seasoned
practitioners at the top of their fields.
Those attending AWFS can create
their own customized learning curricu-
lum from the 50 sessions spread over
three days. The CW WK delivers a variety
of panels, roundtables, demos and work-
shops in six different educational tracks.
Experts within the industry will
discuss how companies can help deal
with the skills gap and change their own
culture to attract and retain the talent
needed to develop a skilled workforce.
AWFS is also offering free seminars as
a service to the industry. Seven free semi-
nars related to workforce development,
regulations and safety will be offered.
Registration for these free seminars is
A special feature of the show’s educa-
tion program, the SMART! (Special
Who: AWFS Fair
When: July 17-20,2019
Where: Las Vegas Convention
Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
At a glance