Winners announced for Vermont Woodworking Design competitions

first_imgAt the recent VT Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival thefinest wood craftsmen in Vermont exhibited their design entries in theVermont Woodworking Design Competition.The entries were displayed not onlyfor the judges, but for the public to give them an opportunity to see, firsthand, the broad scope of work designed and created by the state’s manyartisans. The panel of prestigious judges included Mark Schofield of FineWoodworking Magazine, Dan Faia of North Bennett Street School, and JamesMurray from Simon Pearce Glass. Judges enjoyed the day with their clipboardson hand, making notes that would help them decide who would walk away withthe 1st place awards in the various categories offered. Four professionalcategories were offered for Custom or Studio Furniture, ProductionFurniture, Custom Woodenware, and Carvings or Sculptures, in addition to onestudent/apprentice category for those 18 and enrolled in school forwoodworking. Pieces were judged based upon the quality of the craftsmanshipand the innovativeness of the design. The Competition was open only to thosepieces that are designed and made in Vermont, by Vermont woodworkers andstudents.SEE LIST WITH PICTURES BELOWFirst Place prizes were awarded in each of the categories to the followingprofessional woodworkers: production furniture to Brent Karner of ClearLakeFurniture for his Wall Unit, custom or studio furniture to Johns Congdon forhis Alienor Writing Desk; custom woodenware to Ted Fink of TJF Turnings, LLCfor his Heartwood bowl, and carvings and sculpture to TJF Turnings, LLC forPuzzle Piece Bowl.Chris Ramos took the 18+ student/apprentice award for his Office Desk, 2ndplace was awarded to Rachel Brydolf-Horwitz for her Cailligraphy Cabinet,and 3rd place went to Tyler Gebhardt for his Floating Top Hall Table.Comments from the judges on Ramos’ winning entry included, “Nice contrast oflegs & surface” and “Good design”. Ramos is in his final semester atBurlington Colleges’ Associates Degree in Fine Furniture Making program,which is implemented at the Vermont Woodworking School in Fairfax, VT.Rachel & Tyler made their entry while enrolled in the Burlington CollegeCertificate program. Students learn the fundamentals of woodworking, andfine tune their skills by participating in skills-based classes andworkshops offered by members of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. Toview more about the woodworking certificates and programs offered atBurlington College & the Vermont Woodworking School please visit is external).We would like to thank the following companies for their prize donations:Fine Woodworking Magazine, Alisam Engineering, Berkshire Products, SuperThin Saws, Groff & Groff Lumber, Inc., Blum Tools, Starrett, AmericanWoodworker, General Finishes, Woodworkers Journal, Waterlox, Dremel, andRockler Woodworking & Hardware. We would also like to thank the JacksonHouse Inn, The Kedron Valley Inn, and the Hawk Inn & Resort for providingaccommodations for our design competition reception guests. Cabot CreameryCooperative, Mac’s Market and Gillingham’s Store were also generoussupporters of our reception. We couldn’t have done it without everyone thatwas involved.Congratulations 2011 Vermont Fine Furniture & Wood Products Design Competition WinnersCustom/Studio FurniturePlaceItemWinner Click on image for larger photo1 2The HunterRich DeTrano Rich DeTrano Woodturner Ludlow. VTStudent (18 & over)1Office DesksChristopher RamosBurlington College Associate of Arts in Craftsmanship & is external)2Calligraphy CabinetRachel Brydolf-Horwitz Vermont Woodworking is external) 2Abacus TableMario Messina Mario Messina Designer Craftsman 2Norwegian TimeCarl Newton Carl Newton, Bentwood Box is external) 3Floating Top Hall TableTyler Gebhardt Vermont Woodworking is external) 3State of Craft TableDavid Hurwitz David Hurwitz is external) center_img Alienor Writing DeskJohn Congdon Johns Congdon Furniture Design  Design by Giovanna Brunini is external) 3Cherry LampDavid Hurwitz David Hurwitz is external)Carving & Sculpture1Puzzle Piece BowlTed Fink TJF Turnings, is external) Production Furniture1Large Wall UnitBrent Karner ClearLake is external)Custom Woodenware1Heartwood BowlTed Fink TJF Turnings, is external) Congratulations to everyone that entered into the competitions. A completelist of winners in all categories can be found is external). WOODSTOCK, VT-last_img

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