The Gathering – 2018
Schedule of Events Friday, March 16th
6:00 pm - Dinner??? Fish Fry, BBQ, Pizza, Etc.
Saturday, March 17th
8:45 am - Doors Open
8:45 – 9:30 am - Registration – Coffee and Rolls (sponsored by Bonika Shears)
9:30 – 9:45 am - Welcome – Opening Statements
9:45 – 11:30 am - Hands on Sharpening Demos (time with Vendors)
11:30 – 12:30 pm - Lunch – will be provided (Chili, hotdogs, chips, etc)
12:45 – 1:45 pm - Marketing to Stylist and Groomers – Barbara Vogel & Ray Pope
1:45 – 3:00 pm - Q & A on Shears – Open Discussion
3:00 - Hands on Sharpening Demos (time with Vendors)
6:30 pm - Meet with new and old friends for Dinner
Sunday, March 18th
8:30 am - Doors Open – Enjoy Coffee & Breakfast Rolls (sponsored by Bonika Shears)
9:00 – 10:00 am - Q & A Clipper Blades – Open Discussion
10:00 – 11:30 am - Hands on Sharpening Demos – (time with Vendors)
11:30 – 1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm - General Q & A – Open Discussion – Marketing, New Products, New Techniques, Route Management, Etc.
2:00 pm - Auction – Used Sharpening Equipment, Closing Statements and Door Prize Giveaways.
What is "The Gathering"
A group of us from Sharpeners Chat on facebook have decided we need an informal gathering of sharpeners. Ray Pope and Dennis Brooks made the decision to host the event. With the help of Julie Atkins from Sharpeners Chat, it is happening. We will openly discuss technics, processes, machines, ride line, wheels, grits, polishing - whatever we want to learn more about. There will be a little bit of "organized" training, but mostly open discussion. Those of us hosting this event want to learn as much as anyone.
Lodging - we have a bank of rooms listed under "The Gathering" special pricing will given to rooms booked by Feb 1st.
$79 - King and $85 - 2 Queen The Gathering @ BW Plus Whitewater
Best Western 391 Comfort Dr, Harrison, OH 45030 Reservations: (513) 845-4970
Entrance fee includes ALL training and class activities.
There are NO added fees. Limit of 80 participants
Coffee and bottled water for both days will be included for your admission
There will be snacks and limited food.
The Gathering 2018
March 17th thru 18th
Knights of Columbus
10490 N State St.
Harrison, OH 45030
Ray Pope - Precision Sharpener will have a couple of machines and diamond wheels to play with.
Dennis Brooks - Sharp Edges will have lot's of great products and many years of knowledge to share.
Mike Borsch - EZ-Vex will be bringing the EZ-Vex and Nibbler sharpener. Very knowledgeable sharpener with a "unique" designed machine.
Allen Poe - AMK knife sharpening machine and knife making machine.
Donald and Barbara Vogel -Anvil USA Quality scissors from Columbus Indiana
Don has been in the scissor industry his entire life. He will be sharing his scissor making knowledge with us and setting up dealers. ( I Highly recommend this line)
Jason Sturm -The Edge Pro - Nebraska Blades Clipper machines, Clippers, Blades, Parts... Jason will be showing some changes to the Nebraska Blade line up for 2017.
Bonika Shears - Bonika.com
Harrelson (Hap) Stanley - Nano Hone - Hap was president and founder of Shapton USA, for the past 15 years. He is now starting a new business designing and manufacturing serious lapping plates.
Lawrence Parry - Furzone / Tapco Bringing Furzone Clippers and Blades
This event is FULLY booked. Thanks to the 85 that booked early