Having multiple personalities can be awesome, at least when it comes to covering trade shows and media events. When I’m not able to haul myself across country for a show, it’s always nice to know some other colorful personality from another tool blog or media outlet will have things covered. Since I wasn’t able to make it from San Diego to Rhode Island for the 2011 JLC LIVE, I was happy to see Doug from ToolSnob not only went, but provided a nice wrap-up of some of the highlights.
If you’re not already hip to JLC LIVE, here’s a quick summary of key points straight from the JLC powers-that-be:
Since 1995, the JLC LIVE Residential Construction Show has brought editorial content to life from The Journal of Light Construction magazine on an exhibit hall floor. From the first show in Cambridge, Massachusetts, JLC LIVE has become a must-attend event for residential construction professionals. The unique combination of hands-on education in conjunction with manufacturer exhibits is what differentiates JLC LIVE from any other trade show in the industry. In addition to all the education found in the exhibit hall JLC LIVE also offers a top-notch educational conference program.
LIVE EXHIBIT HALL EVENTS
In addition to the exhibits, attendees will also find many educational opportunities on the show floor. The LIVE events are taught by some of the top experts in their fields including Gary Katz, Michael Byrne, Mike Sloggatt and Myron Ferguson. In addition to working with JLC LIVE our building specialists run very successful businesses as well as write for The Journal of Light Construction and other publications. LIVE events include building clinics, a design software workshop, decks and rails under construction as well as exhibitor demonstrations.
JLC LIVE New England offers a four-day, educational conference program featuring over 50 unique sessions covering a full range of topics, from business to construction techniques, in a classroom style setting. Conference instructors are industry leaders and experienced both in the field and in the classroom. They offer useful and practical information that can be implemented immediately on return to the office/field from the show.
So what were some of the cool things Doug turned up at the show? We’ll leave you to discover those on his full article linked below. However, as a tease, I’ll mention Doug liked the Carvex jig saw from our friends at Festool (don’t miss Doug’s disco strobe light and Zombie Cult mentions), Starrett’s many tool and accessory offerings, Bosch’s new corded oscillating tool (review and giveaway coming in the not too distant future on HomeFixated), and Stabila’s brutal dismemberment of their competitors levels (and their own). All in all, it sounds like a great time and we’re sorry we missed it.
If you missed the show too, or went and just want to make sure you didn’t miss any tool-related fun, check out Doug’s full JLC Live wrap-up coverage.