Finalist Videos from Fresh Wood

Split Personality; Jonathan Cox, Brigham Young University.

Split Personality; Jonathan Cox, Brigham Young University.

In the current issue our eZine, I’m reporting on a really cool woodworking design competition that took place last month at the AWFS trade show in Las Vegas. It’s called Fresh Wood, and this was its third appearance at this show. Woodworking students — from high school to design school — pulled out all the stops to create some really fine projects, while putting their skills to the test.

You can check out the article by clicking here.

Art Furniture; Saarinen Balagengatharadilak, Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School.

Art Furniture; Saarinen Balagengatharadilak, Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School.

But, while my article brings you into the loop about the competition, it doesn’t get you into the “heads” of the students who worked so hard to become finalists. We shot plenty of video covering some exciting new products unveiled at the show, but regrettably, we didn’t videotape Fresh Wood. Time just didn’t allow for it … hey, even in Vegas you can’t upgrade to a 36-hour day.

Cantilever; Carol Jackson, University of Oregon.

Cantilever; Carol Jackson, University of Oregon.

Fortunately, the folks at Custom Made did shoot video in the Fresh Wood exhibit. They sponsored the Fresh Wood People’s Choice Award, and their blog has some great new segments interviewing several of the student finalists who talk about their inspiration, building challenges and methods of work:

http://custommade.com/blog/

The Chair — A Vehicle for Collaborative Learning; John Barry & McKenzie Stevens, Halifax County High School.

The Chair — A Vehicle for Collaborative Learning; John Barry & McKenzie Stevens, Halifax County High School.

I think it’s pretty enlightening to hear other woodworkers talk about these kinds of issues, because we all face them. Their insights might even give you some “take away” that you can apply to one of your future projects. Oh, and just for the fun of it, here are some more photos of finalist projects we didn’t squeeze into the eZine article. All good stuff!

Catch you in the shop,

Chris Marshall, Field Editor

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About Chris Marshall

Chris Marshall has been writing for Woodworker's Journal as a contributing editor and field editor since 2001. Prior to that, he spent five years developing home improvement and woodworking books. He's written five of them and has served as a contributing writer on many more. A wood and tool junkie since childhood, Chris thoroughly enjoys building projects and reviewing woodworking tools for the Journal. When he's not assembling new machinery, sawing parts, taking photos or crunching text for an upcoming story, he enjoys spending time with his family and a houseful of pets at their home in rural Ohio.

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  1. Greetings Fellow Blogger, I am commenting from Townsville Australia. We have had a lot of wind the last month and I’ve only just been able to connect to the blogsphere Thanks so much for the great post. It inspired me a lot with my college design assignment. God Bless the internet !

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