Art, Gourd and Woodcarving Shows - Pyrography (Woodburning) Classes
Pyrography Classes and Art, Gourd & Woodcarving Shows
This is a schedule of Gourd Festivals, Woodcarving & Art shows we will be participating in.
I will be a vendor & will also be exhibiting some of my work. I hope to see you there!
Please look for our new banner (image on the right) high in the sky...well maybe not that high but it stands well above our booth space.
I will try to keep the calendar of events updated as soon as I schedule something. If you know of a show in your area, please let me know about it. We have cut back on the number & location of shows we do but I'm always willing to explore possibilities.
If you come to any of the shows we are attending please stop by & say hello. I love seeing old friends & making new ones. I look forward to seeing you!
Our Show Prices
We don't change our prices just for shows. Unlike some dealers I don't change prices because a competitor sells something cheaper. Our prices at shows are the same prices we offer online. The BIG difference....no shipping charges. Just about everything we sell is already discounted off the retail price.
What you will find at the show is the same products I sell on the website. The big difference...no shipping & you will get to talk to me face to face & ask questions about the products & how to use them.
My New Brochure
For those of you who want to print my new brochure to pass out at festivals & events please feel free to click on the image of the brochure on the right & download the pdf file that is suitable for printing.
About the shows we will be doing in the future
I started cutting back little by little on my teaching & the shows we do for several years but hadn't made a commitment to stop doing shows all together. In 2007 I finally retired from teaching when we moved to New Mexico. My goal was to have more time to do my art. Well, between hand surgeries, travel & shows that didn't happen. I did find some time to do a little gourd art but not the extent I had hoped for. So, now it's time to (semi) retire from doing shows.
You ask why we finally made this decision, well this year we both turned 65 & we thought it was the perfect time to make some changes in our lives & think about retiring (again).We have been doing art, gourd & woodcarving shows since 1995 & while we love doing them it is hard work & we aren't getting any younger. After more than 18 years of doing shows it's getting harder to do the physical work required to set up & break down our booths & working long hours at the show without breaks. Not so bad when your younger but it takes it's toll as you get older & with my fibromyalgia it is taking longer for me to recover after every show.
When we returned from our spring trip which included 2 gourd shows & a little bit of personal travel we finally sat down & talked about our plans for the next year since this is the time of year when we start scheduling shows for the next year. We have been talking about slowing down for some time now but we hadn't made any decisions about when that was going to happen. So, it was time to sit down & talk about what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives. We both decided that we have spent all of our adult lives going to college or working & it was time to have some fun for a change so that is what we are going to do!
We loved doing shows because it gave us time to chat with old friends & make new ones. It seemed that the last few years we got busier at the shows & rarely had time to stop & chat with people the way we used to. It was more business & less fun. We never did shows to get rich, we did them because we wanted to meet people with common interests & have some fun. So that is my new goal!
This might actually give me a chance to take some classes myself for a change...something I have not done in 20 years. I've always been teaching & working with no time to learn something new unless taught myself.
So, just to reassure you all, I am not closing my doors or retiring from my business, I am just getting back to the basics of enjoying life & having time to stop & smell the roses. Sawdust Connection will continue as it always has, the main change is we will no longer be working sunrise to sunset doing shows. Now, if we do a show it will be on a smaller scale so we can get back to the reason we started doing them in the first place....having an opportunity to make new friends, visit with old friends & have some fun!
Our business will remain open as it has always been....even when we travel.
We are moving back to Texas (at least half time) & I will be doing some classes while we are in the Rio Grande Valley. For more information please Contact me.