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jade



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 1:02 pm    Post subject: NH 2010 House and Barn Expo -- Windows & more... Reply with quote

The New Hampshire Old House and Barn Exposition will be returning to the Center of New Hampshire (in Manchester, NH) on April 2-3 2005.

For more information, contact Jennifer Goodman at the Alliance 603.224.2281. Also visit www.NHPreservation.org

I will have a booth set up for my business, Heartwood Building & Restoration. Please stop by and introduce yourself.......

....Jade Mortimer
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jade:

Thanks for posting the Expo info. I'll be there too, giving a lecture and work demonstration on (what else?) window preservation.

I'll post the details when I have them from Jennifer.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:54 pm    Post subject: Expo Reply with quote

Jade:

Look forward to meeting you at the Expo. I will be there with John Leeke. I will make a point to visit with you.

Dave Bowers
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 3:03 pm    Post subject: Leeke at NH Expo Reply with quote

Save Your Wood Windows Demonstration, Manchester, New Hampshire, April
2-3, 2005.

John Leeke will be at the 2005 New Hampshire Old House & Barn Expo

Saturday, April 2nd, 3 pm. Slide Show, Question & Answer Session

Sunday, April 3rd, 10 am -1 pm Work Demonstrations:
Are you ready to save some windows? John Leeke will share practical and
economical methods of maintenance and repair of older and historic wood
windows in this session filled with work demonstrations. Learn about
window construction and common problems as well as traditional woodwork
methods and the latest in modern high-tech materials and techniques for
repairs. A package of take-home hand-outs is included in registration fee.

* Maintenance: Painting & Glazing
* Repairs: Replacing Broken Glass, Filling Sill Checks
* Upgrades: Storm Windows, Weather Stripping, etc.

Sponsored by: New Hampshire Preservation Alliance

For more info:
http://www.nhpreservation.org/html/events_7.htm

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John and whoever else has done this before.........

This will be my first time having my own booth at an Expo. What I plan to have on hand is/are my new brochures, business cards, samples of Abatron, Old Time Putty, sash chain, hardware and pulley, weather stripping, a half and half before and after sash, my jobsite business sign, Silent Paint Remover, heat gun, hand tools, photos of projects.......

Does anyone have any suggestions on what else I might want to think about?

Thanks.......Jade
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done quite a few of these conferences. I suggest doing some actual work--at least taking a sash apart and putting it back together, maybe glazing, glazing is always amazing, etc., repeat, repeat, repeat... People will be fascinated, and convinced you know what you are doing. (Have at least one piece of real work from a real project, authenticty reigns in the realm of artificial marketing construct that an Expo cannot help but be.

Something that makes noise is good and will attract interest from further down the aisle, say chopping mortises by hand, and when the M &T fits perfectly they all will be amazed!!!!!! (how does she do that?)

Plane up a lot of pine by hand (hardly any exhibitor at these event pays attention to the olfactory sense, even though it is the one most keyed to memory), make a stack of stiles and rails from rough stock--knee deep in shavings is a good sign. Hand a shaving to every kid who comes by, while you chat up their folks.

Get set up so you keep your stuff on view but out of reach, but also so you can invite a visitor "in" to try their hand at it. Assembling sash is good for this, maybe glazing too, but keep track of that stuff, the exhibit hall manager does not want to find a trail of glazing goo in the carpet that leads to your exhibit.

Have a comfortable chair, not for you, but for the leg-weary visitor (OK, ok, you can use it when no one is looking-- no you can't, someone is always looking. Ben Franklin built his reputation as a diligent tradesman by wheelbarrowing big bundles of paper and print jobs all around town himself, just after first light and just before dusk--a long day, but when there was enough light for everyone to see.)

Don't let any visitors see you eating at your exhibit, or "idling about" looking too comfortable. If no one is coming by you are busy making shavings or whaling away on a wide board with your mallot to get heard over the din. Well, it's OK to look comfortable holding and working with your tools.

Have more to hand out than paper, I mean the real stuff of your trade. Short lengths of muntin stock, or stile stock is good, with your name and number stamped or better yet hand-written there on, or tack your card to them during idle moments (don't use a stapler, it's not traditional enough) (you'll need a hundred plus); have at least a few dozen mortise & tenon samples (with pegs, of course) to hand out to those special prospects. Ask them to write their name on one piece (as if you need it for your records, which you do), while they are doing that write your name & phone on the other piece, then hand your piece to them and get them to put the joint together, while you are whittling out the pin. Then you take the assembled joint from them (copy their name and number down in your notes) and drive in the pin with a whack on the bench, then hand it over to them with a flourish--very symbolic, the give and take of the relationship to come, deep meaning, spiritual connection, they won't ever forget you.

When you get a clammering crowd, some will want to talk, but need to get to the next event. Make little appointments to have a few stop back a little later, write the appointment time on a nice wide stiff currly plane shaving and wrap it around their wrist asking them to wave it at you when they come back, then give them priority when they do. (put your phone on there too in case they don't get back)

Bring you own bottles of water and lunch, they can cost a fortune at these events.

Don't break camp early. Three times the last person I talked to at the last minute of the last day, volunteered to help break camp and became a good client.

Best of success -- we'll see you there.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also see the other messages on the Expo at:

http://historichomeworks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=265#265

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow John thanks for the feedback. Great ideas! Now I feel absolutely unprepared....I actually thought about bowing out of this Expo because I am so busy and have little time to prepare. I don't like doing anything less than 100%.......I'll give it a little more time and thought......

.......Jade
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 9:25 pm    Post subject: Just Do it! Reply with quote

Jade:

For what its worth....Don't back out.

John has some great ideas. You need not do all of them but just a few will work if you are in a time crunch.

I am 90% sure I am coming. If you need some booth help, do not hesitate to ask.

Steve
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jade:

Pick out just two ideas and try them both--see which one works best and use it the next time.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe:

Why don't you come up to the Expo to scout it out for the future? It looks like we'll all try to touch base at noon on Sat. the 2nd, at Jade's "Heartwood" exhibit booth.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe......
Yea, I miss the Old House Fair held at the Cyclorama. I thought it was put off for just one year but I recently sent an email to Historic New England (old name: SPNEA) inquiring about an upcoming fair and haven't heard back from them yet.

Oh, we're meeting at 'my' place? Great, see you there.......

....Jade
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'll be there!
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