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AWFS rings the opening bell

The AWFS fair opened registration for its 2013 College of Woodworking Knowledge educational seminar program.

Spread over five days, the program includes 50 diverse sessions and 68 speakers, from all-day training workshops and open forums to skill demos and technology sessions.

Highlights include a design and CAD/CAM software open forum hosted by five experienced technicians and practitioners from the manufacturing realm, an introduction to Google’s free 3-D software program, SketchUp, and a series of five marketing, sales and growth seminars.

“The [College of Woodworking Knowledge] program is developed by a committee of industry representatives who are passionate and dedicated to industry education,” trade show committee chair Dan Hershberger of Holz-Her Weinig said in a statement. “A variety of trade organizations also contribute to the program. To acknowledge their efforts, AWFS extends to all members of the participating trade associations a 10 percent discount on all of the educational seminars. Those groups include Architectural Woodwork Institute, Association of Closet & Storage Professionals, Cabinet Makers Association, Composite Panel Association and Stairway Manufacturers Association.

“Additional groups involved in the delivery of the program include American Wood Finishing Institute, Dovetail Partners, Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership, Green Globes, Woodwork Career Alliance and Woodworking Network.”

The fair offers continuing education credits on all of the show seminars. Certificates of completion can be printed out on-site after each session is completed.

The show is scheduled for July 24-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

To view the full 2013 CWWK schedule and register online, visit

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