Woodworking’s future factor
Making its debut in 2016, the Wood
Industry 40 Under 40 celebrates the
achievements of woodworking’s next
generation, who are already making a
difference in the industry.
At I WF 2016 in Atlanta, an awards
reception was held for the winners by
the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of
America (WMMA). Thirty-two winners
came in person to be recognized at
the event, following a VIP tour of the
IWF Challengers’ Award winners, and
a sponsored tour of Stiles Machinery’s
The 40 winners were selected from
a field of more than 135 nominations,
as wood industries professionals placed
their colleagues – and in some cases
competitors – up for consideration. The
nomination process was heavily shared
on social media, a major connection
point for the woodworking industries’
The nominations were reviewed
by a panel of six editors at Woodworking Network, each balloting separately
based on the nature of the nomination
description and the impact these nominees were having on their business, their
community, or the industry as a whole.
When the scores were tallied, these
individuals rose to the top. The following
pages show, in no particular order, the
Class of 2016 Wood Industry 40 Under
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Handsome maple plaques produced by Epilog were personalized for each of the
winners, 32 of whom picked up their awards in person at IWF 2016 in Atlanta.
Five winners (from left): Matt Buell, Matt Buell Design, Fayetteville, AR; Jared Patchin, J.
Alexander Fine Woodworking, Boise, ID; Guy Busey, Inova, Albany, NY; Ethan Abramson,
Ethan Abramson Furniture, New York, NY; Brian Grabski, Designed & Made, Minneapolis, MN.