There’s one thing we never expected when we started hosting the seminars at the Woodsmith Store — having to turn people away. But, last night it almost came to that. It was SRO, as over 200 people attended Jim Downey’s popular home shop seminar.
We sold 113 single session tickets.
Over 100 season tickets have been sold. In fact, we ran out of season tickets last night. That didn’t stop several people from giving us their money anyway. Those who didn’t get the laminated season ticket (along with all the $5 Sawbuck coupons) will be able to pick them up later this afternoon (Friday, 1/20) at the store.
Now, I know Jim’s seminar was the main attraction. He’s come up with some great ideas that will have to be featured in Workbench magazine someday. But this was the fifth time he’s presented this seminar! So how to explain the fantastic turn out? Well, I think it’s a combination of things.
First of all, the Woodsmith Store has truly become a destination store. They have tour buses from all over the Midwest stopping throughout the summer. Dave Larsen, Brian Simmons, Dave Fremming, Mark, Dan, John, Terry, Jim, and all the great people who help run the store, answer questions, and help us with our woodworking problems have really created a welcoming atmosphere for woodworking enthusiasts.
Secondly, the good weather helps — at least when it comes to getting out on a weeknight. Folks are driving from as far away as Pocahontas, Waterloo/Cedar Falls and Brooklyn (Iowa, not New York!) to attend the seminars and so we must be doing something right.
Finally, I just think that you’re starting to buy into this great hobby. Our Saturday seminars were sold out last fall. (We even had a waiting list.) We averaged 120-130 people for the Thursday seminars and there were always a lot of new faces each week. Dave Larsen tells me they had a great day yesterday, with sales way ahead of the same day last year. You’ve bought a table saw. Picked up a router at a garage sale. Inherited your granddad’s hand tools. Want to build new kitchen cabinets. For whatever reason, you’re working with wood. And that’s a good thing.
See you next week. -Joel