Woodcraft and Customers Donate Over $8,000 To Fresh Wood Competition in 2014

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Woodcraft customer support for the Fresh Wood student woodworking competition continued to increase in 2014, and with the 50 percent Woodcraft match, it totaled $8,120.

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In 2013, first prize winners included Thaddeus Berglund (Cedar Ridge High School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina), left, and Derek Ott (Palomar College, Oceanside, California).

Woodcraft customers continue to meet our challenge and exceed their financial support for Fresh Wood.

Woodcraft customers continued to give generously in 2014 to benefit Fresh Wood, a student woodworking competition, contributing $4,060 that Woodcraft matched to bring the total gift amount to $8,120.

Woodcraft launched the Fresh Wood project In April 2012, inviting customers to join the company in supporting Fresh Wood by making donations that Woodcraft would match up to $10,000. Since 2012, contributions have totaled $18,566, including $4,260 in 2012 and $6,186 in 2013.

“Woodcraft customers continue to meet our challenge and exceed their financial support for Fresh Wood, a program Woodcraft considers important in its ongoing mission to offer educational opportunities for woodworkers,” Jody Garrett, Woodcraft president, said. “Through this competitive venue young woodworkers are encouraged and exposed to networking opportunities that may assist them on their professional career paths.”

Held in conjunction with the AWFS (Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers) Fair every two years, the Fresh Wood competition offers a place for students to showcase their work, be introduced to the industry as artists, designers and woodworkers, and be exposed to industry career opportunities. In addition, winners take home monetary and tool awards.

“We consider Fresh Wood to be one of our most important and visible industry education activities. We are so thankful that Woodcraft and its customers see the value in Fresh Wood and want strengthen its presence and support these talented students and their school programs,” said Adria Torrez, AWFS assistant education director.

The next Fresh Wood competition will be held July 22-25 in Las Vegas during the AWFS Fair. Entries will be accepted until May 1. For more information, visit http://awfsfair.org/attendee-information/student-contests.

Two changes in the contest have been announced for 2015. A Special Theme category (Musical Instruments for 2015) has been added, and the production-focused entry category has been updated and renamed Design for Production.

“We have learned that high schools and post-secondary programs have adopted stringed instrument instruction as a great way to introduce students to fundamental woodworking skills,” said Torrez. “We are happy to offer this new category to let guitars and other wooden musical instruments compete and shine.” Any musical instrument primarily made of wood is eligible, excluding pre-made kits.

The Design for Production category is for products such as mass-produced commercial or residential furniture, office furniture, universal designs, RTA and public seating. CNC production designs and methods are encouraged but not required. “Entrants must promote their concepts through a marketing-themed entry essay and finalist illustration board, addressing topics such as price point, efficient production methods and market intent,” Torrez said.

To learn more about the Fresh Wood and the 2013 winners and their entries, like the two pictured here, visit http://awfsfair.org/attendee-information/student-contests. For more information about AWFS, visit http://www.awfsfair.org.

To contribute to the Woodcraft Fresh Wood project, visit woodcraft.com and click on Fresh Wood in the Partner Sites list on the home page, or if you place an order, you will be given an opportunity to donate as the order is processed. There is also a link to the donation page on the Fresh Wood section of the AWFS website.

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