by Karl D. Forth
Student Fresh Wood winners display
creativity, attention to detail at AWFS
Judges reviewed 42 finalist projects from 25 high schools and colleges.
Nicholas Maraldo won the Best of Show award in the 2019 AWFS Fresh Wood competition after judges
reviewed 42 finalist projects of from 25
different high schools and colleges in the
U.S. at the AWFS Fair. Maraldo is a student at The Furniture Institute, Beverly,
Thirty-three Fresh Wood student
finalists won monetary prizes ranging
from $250 to $1,000, along with trophies
and software prizes.
Maraldo was awarded a sculpture
made by woodworker and artist Judson
Beaumont, a reference to his work The
Apple Cabinet, which was unveiled during the award ceremony. He received
$1,000 and a KCD Software Package.
He also received First Place in the Post
Secondary Tables category of the competition, which included another $1,000
prize and a Certificate of Merit. The
Best of Show award is sponsored by KCD
Maraldo’s Nautical Marquetry Table
was an interpretation of a period piece
in the Federal style. Maraldo’s project
goal was to maximize his learning
experience, and he incorporated as
many woodworking elements as possible.
Woods included mahogany, eastern
white pine, walnut and Gaboon Ebony.
Fair attendees awarded the People’s
Choice Award, sponsored by Wagner Me-
Nicholas Maraldo’s Nautical Marquetry Table was an interpretation of a period piece in the
Federal style. Woods used included mahogany, walnut, holly and Gaboon Ebony.
Cole Daniels at Rolla Technical Institute won the People’s Choice Award for his game table
project Hard Ninety, a shuffleboard with intricate paneling and accents.