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2011 Northern Indiana Woodcrafters Association
The 2011 Northern Indiana Woodcrafters Association made its annual stop from February 25 – March 2. It left this furniture-enthusiast anticipating next year’s convention. I made the trek to Howe, Indiana, on February 28. As a result I spent a day wandering the vast 145,000 sq. foot space of the Michiana Event Center.
Each aisle was packed with vendors. As well as their hand-crafted goods. As a result the craftsmanship and artistry of some furnishings were beautiful. There were countless opportunities for conversation as well. Furthermore seeing old friends, colleagues and customers chatting was a common sight.
I conversed with several friendly retailers. To my delight, they brought me up to date with latest advancements in the world of Amish furniture. In some cases, I heard the fascinating personal stories of how retailers entered to the world of furniture craftsmanship. The friendliness and professionalism of each person I encountered moved me. Also, the artistry of their craft intrigued me greatly.
Above all the anticipation of next year’s convention topped off my full day. As well as friends and furniture at the 2011 Northern Indiana Woodcrafters Association.