Historic Handmade Trophies are Donated By Stephen C. Staples, co-owner of Staples Cabinet Makers, to The 8th Annual Matt Light Celebrity Shoot Out - September 18, 2012

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Matt Light has asked his friend Stephen C. Staples to donate his time and creative talents!

Trophies handmade by Stephen C. Staples

Matt Light, former New England Patriot offensive lineman and current ESPN TV football analyst, has asked his friend Stephen C. Staples, co-owner of http://www.staplescabinetmakers.com to donate his time and creative talents to support Light's nonprofit, the Light Foundation, once again this year. Every September, the Foundation holds an annual fundraiser - a clay shooting tournament called the Matt Light Celebrity Shoot-Out - that brings together Light's former teammates, and big names from the world of sports and entertainment for a day of outdoor activities, exhibitions and friendly competition. Everyone from Patriots Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker, to comedian Lenny Clarke, Olympians Bode Miller and Jim Craig, and musicians Martin Sexton have attended, and the list grows every year.

Light, who likes to get involved in even the finest details of the event, wanted the trophies for the day's top shooters to look like a shot gun shell, so he commissioned Staples, who he calls "the most creative guy I know," to create them. The unique trophies are meant to represent a true copy of a shotgun shell with its colored plastic shell casing and brass base. Staples turned to his exotic collection of reclaimed wood for re-purposing and building furniture, which he does on a daily basis through his business, for use in crafting them. The shell casings are actually made with American black walnut collected from discarded dining tables from the 1860's.

"This walnut has had so many holiday meals and decorations placed upon it that there's a certain energy about it," say Staples. The curly maple, indigenous to the New England area, comes from "drops," an industry term used for pieces of wood cut off during building and usually discarded. Staples also fashioned a brass tack on his lathe and hand turned it to resemble a firing primer. The end result - a one-of-a-kind award that both shooting enthusiasts, and fans of fine woodworking can appreciate. "I am truly excited to build anything for Matt. He gives me full artistic freedom to design and create," adds Staples.

For Light, it's a case of mutual admiration. "Stephen is so talented. It amazes me that he can take a germ of an idea - and I have many of those - and turn it into a real work of art. He's been so helpful to the Light Foundation and really supports the work we do," Light says. "He built these trophies for our event last year and they were the talk of the evening. The winners were really excited to put them on display."

Over the years, Staples has donated a handmade gun cabinet, fly rod cabinet and unique turned bowls to the Light Foundation for fundraising purposes. Light also purchased more than a dozen bowls for gifts for the charity's Board of Directors. All of Staples' work is made from salvaged reclaimed materials right down to the hardware and glass.

The Light Foundation benefits at-risk youth by instilling and augmenting the values of responsibility, accountability and hard work by providing them with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in meeting, and exceeding their goals. To learn more about The Light Foundation, or to donate to the cause, click here http://www.mattlightfoundation.org.

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