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excellenceNov13The November issue starts mailing to subscribers in about two weeks, and inside you’ll find the Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice winners of the inaugural PWM Excellence Awards, and a little bit about each of them and their projects (with pictures, of course).

But here’s a first look at the grand-prize winning project, a beautiful small cherry chest with ebony and mother-of-pearl inlay (and a hidden lock), by Autumn Doucet of Wenatchee, Wash. She wins an expenses-paid trip to Woodworking in America 2014 (along with a gift certificate to

Please join me in congratulating Autumn for her work.

The rest of prize recipients will be revealed apace.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

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  • rkparkinson

    Lovely work, composition, and lovely figure on the cherry. The ornamentation screams “lutherie” to me.

  • hallamjeff

    Great attention to detail and obvious effort on the planning / design side. You should be proud of such a fantastic piece!

  • BPKeyes

    I know someone already used the adjective “exquisite,” but it’s worth saying again. Congratulations.

  • R.L. Kocher

    An exquisite work. Great creativity. True artistic skill. Congratulations.

  • autumndoucet

    Thanks, guys. I put my heart and soul into this one.

  • ike

    I remember this one it is a very beautifully hand/hand tool crafted box. Hey Autumn congrats on the win I have to find this issue. Sorry Nonsubscriber.


  • robert

    That is stunningly beautiful work.

  • RobJ

    That is beautiful, Autumn. Congratulations.


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