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Wrapping Up and Heading Out

January 22nd, 2010 by
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It’s been an interesting few days here at the International Builder’s Show. Despite the slow economy, I’m happy to see more attendees than last year, a slew of added booths filling the floorspace again and some signs of optimism among all. Although IBS isn’t woodworking-focused, we were still able to have a look at some products that are close to your shop and DIY needs. And, many tool vendors are promising great new products in the pipeline for 2010. So, again, reason for brighter days to come—and downright excitement for our next woodworking show this summer!

Well, the show is clearing out, winding down and soon to end. Time to double-check those airline times—especially given all the rain and cold we’ve had here—and head to the airport. Thanks for clicking through and viewing our video and text blogs. Be on the lookout for more IBS product coverage to come in the regular eZine and future print issues of the Journal!

Catch you back in the shop,

Chris Marshall, Field Editor

Shucking the Sorels and Heading to IBS!

January 19th, 2010 by

Sure, it’s still January—cold, dark and snowy. Followed by more cold, dark and snowy. Nobody knows that better than us here in the Northland. But this week, editor-in-chief Rob Johnstone and I are shedding the parkas and mukluks and heading to sunny Las Vegas for the 2010 International Builder’s Show (IBS).

IBS is the largest annual building industry tradeshow in the country!  That’s where we’ll find all the big names in home improvement—and plenty of woodworking suppliers, too—showing their latest and greatest goodies for the new year. But, even though you probably won’t be there thawing out with us, you can grab hold of our cyber press passes and come along anyway!

Just as we did last year, we’ll hit Sin City’s convention center hard, with plenty of video interviews in the booths plus other blog coverage from the tradeshow floor.

Follow our IBS escapades on Twitter, Facebook and, of course, this blog! Check back often, as we’ll be uploading new content throughout each day.

Let’s take a break from winter and let IBS get us thinking about warmer weather and all of the woodworking that goes with it.

Time to get packed and get outta Dodge!

Catch you from IBS,

Chris Marshall, Field Editor