Woodworking Excellence

excellenceNov13Find inspiration in this award-winning work of your fellow readers.

by Megan Fitzpatrick
pages 32-38
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As a mechanism to show off the amazing work done by you, our readers, this year we held our inaugural “PWM Excellence Awards.” Via social media, we invited submissions in five categories: Boxes & Smalls, Seating, Tables, Cabinets & Casework and Turnings, Carvings & Objet d’Art. (For 2014, we’ll announce the contest in the February issue of the magazine, as well as online.)

The editors chose a winner in each category (each of whom receives a $100 gift certificate to shopwoodworking.com), as well as a grand-prize winner (who receives a gift certificate and a free trip to Woodworking in America 2014).

Plus, all entries were posted online for voting in the Readers’ Choice Award, for which the overall vote recipient receives a $100 shopwoodworking.com certificate.

The choices were not easy – each of our four editors selected a different winner in just about every category (and we were sometimes surprised by one another’s selections). But the one on which we all agreed was our grand prize, which goes to Autumn Doucet for her Figured Cherry Chest – it seems to us just about perfect in every way.

The Readers’ Choice Award goes to Kevin Bird, for his 3D Box Bowl (page 38).

We were particularly glad to see a number of submissions from young woodworkers (Kevin is one of them), many of whom are still high school and a few who are even younger. We feel confident the future of the craft is in good hands.

In the following pages, we feature both the Editors’ Choice winner and Readers’ Choice winner in each category, along with a bit of information about each project. Our hope is that you’ll find inspiration in the work, and consider sharing your own in 2014.

Web Site: See all the entrants on the voting page (note that voting is closed – but you can still look at the images by category).

From the November 2013 issue #207
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