James McNabb, a woodworker from Philadelphia, is the winner of the third annual “Show us your Love” band-saw contest, sponsored by Laguna Tools.
McNabb was awarded a new Laguna Tools LT SUV band saw valued at more than $1,600 for his New York City skyline creation, according to the company.
“After reviewing a record number of amazing entries, McNabb’s wonderful sculpture depicting the New York City skyline emerged as the winner, Laguna vice president Catherine Helshoj said in a statement. “We believe it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a very well-known artist in his chosen median — wood.”
According to McNabb, the winning piece took about eight weeks to finish and uses hundreds of various architectural forms that he glues into place to form his memorable cityscapes.
“Certainly, my work isn’t pulled form any architectural building you would necessarily see in the city,” he said in the release. “I view cities as a place where you can be successful … a land of endless possibilities. And as such, no two of my pieces are alike. I couldn’t create a template for what I’m doing if I wanted to.”