Gigi Branch, a high school nurse from San Antonio is the grand-prize winner in the “The Jory Brigham Experience” sweepstakes sponsored by Woodcraft, Jory Brigham and SawStop. Her name was randomly selected from 24,422 entries received from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, 2016.
Branch is entitled to participate, along with a companion, in a three-day training class with Brigham, a third-generation professional furniture maker, at his California shop. She will receive the custom furniture piece made in the class, a SawStop Professional saw and a collection of tools and accessories valued at more than $1,000.
Branch is scheduled to take the class in June, when Brigham will be teaching end table construction. She describes herself as an occasional hobbyist woodworker.
“I used to do a lot of stuff with my dad growing up. I started when I was about 10 or 12 helping. Dad was really good at woodworking. He built a lot of our furniture,” Branch says.
“I haven’t done a lot of woodworking lately since I moved from a house to an apartment, but I love doing it. I built some end tables and cabinets in my old house. I also built a huge outdoor table that seated 20 people, but I couldn’t bring it with me when I moved.”
For more, visit www.woodcraft.com and www.jorybrigham.com.
This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue.