By Karl D. Forth,
firstname.lastname@example.org FRESH WOOD
A total of 195 entries were received for the 2017
Fresh Wood student woodworking competition, a
near record. The judging panel will select approximately 40 finalists that will be invited to AWFS
Fair at the Las Vegas Convention Center, July 19
– 22, 2017.
This year’s entries came from 48 different
schools in the United States and Canada. Of the
entries received overall, 62 were from high schools
while the remaining 133 were from post-secondary
schools. Entries totaled 169 in the last Fresh Wood
competition in 2015, and the record highest number of entries was 211 in 2007.
“The higher number of entries can be attributed to increased promotion to schools, students
and teachers and a stronger presence for the
competition on social media,” says AWFS executive vice president Angelo Gangone. This year also
was the first time the entry (and judging) process
is entirely online, making it significantly easier for
students and teachers to submit their entries.
Students can enter their projects into six different categories in the Fresh Wood competition:
Case Goods, Seating, Design for Production,
Tables, Open and Special Theme: Lighting. Entries from the High School level and the Post-Secondary level are scored separately.
The 2017 panel of judges represent different
areas of the industry, lending a variety of perspectives to the judging process:
; Jena Hall, Jena Hall Designs Ltd., Elmsford, New
; Tom McKenna, Fine Woodworking, Newtown,
; Chris Poehlmann, CP Lighting, Philadelphia,
; Mei-Yen Shipek, Autodesk Pier 9, San Francisco,
; Scott Vasey, Advanced Fixtures, Princeton, Texas
Judges review entries based on the design innovation or quality of execution of a known style,
craftsmanship, functionality, construction techniques, and aesthetics. Final judging will occur at
AWFS Fair. All winners of the student competition
will be announced Friday, July 21 at the Student
Awards Reception on the show floor Stage.
This year, AWFS Fair exhibiting companies
will sponsor the competition’s special awards, the
determine top 40 finalists
Fresh Wood student competition
draws many entries
Quint-Essential by Werner Pyka of Palomar College in
San Marcos, California, was featured at the 2015 show.