Students of the Wood

Ah, November: the pumpkins are smashed, the snow is falling (at least here in Minnesota), and it’s time to start thinking about your holiday shopping list. Whether you’re thinking about what you’d like to give or to get, the book “Fresh Wood” is designed to appeal to you – and to your sense of responsibility for passing on the tradition of woodworking to the next generation.

Published with the permission of the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers – the people who put on the really big show of woodworking every other year in California – the book contains pictures and information from each of the finalists in their Student Design Contest. Those entries, says Woodworker’s Journal editor Rob Johnstone, included some very creative and substantial woodworking – so substantial that one woodworking expert was overheard wondering if the parents had helped the students out.

Woodworking expert Sam Maloof is also in the book, sharing his views of student design, personal reflections and advice to future woodworkers; along with interviews with the contest judges, students and teachers.

In keeping with the education theme, forty percent of the book’s profits will go to WoodLINKS, U.S.A., an organization set up to promote woodworking education in the schools.

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