AWFS offers member discount for 2011 fair

All AWFS members will once again receive a 10 percent discount on any of the 46 College of Woodworking Knowledge educational seminars at the AWFS fair, slated for July 20-23 in Las Vegas.

Sessions range from one-and-a-half hour presentations and two-hour panels to three-and four-hour lecture/demos and an all-day lean manufacturing workshop. Seminars include SMART programs (Special Machinery and Relevant Technology) that take place on the exhibit floor before the show opens in the morning. The SMART programs focus on technical information, new technology and machine processes.

A new education track debuts at the 2011 show, Shops Ten and Under, featuring topics specific to shops with 10 or less employees.

Other educational opportunities include:

The Green Desk, an ask-the-expert, drop-by counter where attendees can ask questions related to sustainable programs, green building certifications, achieving LEED credits and more. The desk will be hosted throughout the show by environmental organizations and trade associations with sustainability programs.

The smartSHOP, an exhibit hall attraction demonstrating "Simplicity in Automation for the Small Shop," will run throughout the show, led by industry expert Gero Sassenberg and others.

The Fresh Wood student woodworking competition, The Furniture Society's annual conference, and a networking event hosted by the Cabinet Makers Association are also part of the event.

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