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Thread Chest

I announced the winners during the keynote session at Woodworking in America last Saturday, and the digital version of the November 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine e-mailed late yesterday (check your in-box if you’re a susbcriber). So forthwith I give you the winners of the 2015 PWM Excellence Awards. Please join me in congratulating:

Grand Prize: Sharon Mehrman, of Florence, Mass. Her maple burl Art-Nouveau-inspired Thread Chest is pictured above.

Boxes & Smalls

pen box

Boxes & Smalls; Editors’ Choice. Roger Bean, Shelbyville, Mich. Walnut Burl Pen Box.

bible box

Boxes & Smalls; Readers’ Choice. William Brown, Forest, Va. Chester County Bible Box.


windsor rocker

Seating; Editors’ Choice. Luke Barnett, Adrian, Mich. Birdcage Windsor Rocking Chair.

sycamore bench

Seating; Readers’ Choice. Jeff Clark, Elon, N.C. Nakashima-inspired Bench.


Tables; Editors' Choice. Kyle Toth, Temecula, Calif. Deco Desk.

Tables; Editors’ Choice. Kyle Toth, Temecula, Calif. Deco Desk.

compass table

Tables; Readers’ Choice. Kevin Bird, Morris Plains, N.J. Nautical Compass Table.

Casework, Cabinets & Bookcases

spice chest

Casework, Cabinets & Bookcases; Editors’ Choice. William Brown, Forest, Va. William & Mary Spice Chest on Frame.

period highboy

Casework, Cabinets & Bookcases; Readers’ Choice. Kenneth Royal, Russellville, Ark. Cherry Highboy.

Turnings, Carvings & Objets d’Art

basswood wall carving

Turnings, Carvings & Objets d’Art; Editors’ Choice. Alexander Grabovetskiy, Boca Raton, Fla. Wall Decoration.

Turnings, Carvings & Objets d'Art; Readers' Choice. Robert Weimerskirch, Harrisonburg, Va. Lap Desk.

Turnings, Carvings & Objets d’Art; Readers’ Choice. Robert Weimerskirch, Harrisonburg, Va. Lap Desk.

Looking through the many entries in our third annual PWM Excellence Awards highlighted the fact that good work comes in many shapes and sizes, and from people of all ages and backgrounds. It was a pleasure for the editors and contributing editors to review the submissions – but awfully difficult to select the winners from among so much stellar work. Take a look at all the entrants here. And stay tuned for the 2016 PWM Excellence Awards ($1,000 grand prize) – look for information in February.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

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  • pmac

    I can’t stop looking at the thread chest. Amazing and wonderful.

  • larrydwilliams

    I am building a jewel and scarf cabinet for my wife. I told her not to expect the work shown on the thread chest. WOW! What craftsmanship!

  • The layers of details I see in the pictures that had to be thought out and begun execution at the projects inception in these is crazy. I’m willing to bet the skeleton of these also have some surprises. And those legs on the thread chest… wow.

  • Bill Lattanzio

    Beautiful work all around here. Who said that craftsmanship is dead??

  • robert

    Very cool work, all.

    Would love to see work like this, in terms of creativity and technical challenge, in PWW on a regular basis.


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