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It’s really been a lovely holiday season for us at Popular Woodworking. As the online editor, I had the privilege of contacting and congratulating all of the winners in December, and boy were they a gracious bunch. Certainly I’ve received more than my fair share of smiles!

Ed Waters of Saskatoon, Sask., Canada, is the lucky Grand Prize Winner – congrats, Ed! As you know, he’s getting a toolbox, custom-made by Thomas J. MacDonald (you know him as Tommy Mac), and stuffed full of brand new tools from Woodcraft. I called him this morning to deliver the news and he was positively speechless. According to him, he never wins anything.

Waters is a 63-year-old retired veterinary pathologist who’s worked with wood for many years, but more recently has taken a job as a carpenter’s apprentice to sharpen his skills. To be honest, I can’t imagine a more deserving winner. Waters says the tools will be put to excellent use by him and his fellow apprentices doing first-rate woodworking renovating buildings and, in his words, “fixing other people’s mistakes.”

Although quite busy enough as an apprentice, Waters also finds a little time to work in his home shop. His latest project is a Stickley plant stand, his second one – he built the first one out of pine fearlessly rescued from a packing box. Apparently he was so pleased with the result that one just simply wasn’t enough.

Again, a hearty congratulations goes out to all our winners, as well as a big thank you to the contest sponsors and to Tommy Mac who put together the beautiful Grand Prize toolbox.

Happy New Year!

– Tom Nunlist


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  • chrism

    Congratulations to Ed.
    Since the competition wasn’t open to overseas subscribers, perhaps your techos could learn how not to send email invites to people with overseas email addresses. That way we won’t get so frustrated!

  • Tom8021

    Great contest, any chance of sharing some of the data? What was the top state or zip for number of entries? What day had the highest or lowest entry?

  • SLPoetzl

    Loved the contest. I never won (even though I faithfully entered each day) but just the anticipation of “just maybe” really was a fun experience. Thanks to Pop Wood for organizing this and the sponsors for providing so many (31 to be exact) chances to win. Happy and blessed New Year to you all!

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