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Minnesota guild holds annual exhibit

This year marked the 29th edition of the Northern Woods Show, a friendly competition sponsored by the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild. Held from April 26-29, the show provided an opportunity for members and non-members to present and discuss the best in high-quality woodworking design and construction.

Tony Kubalak's French open-arm chair, winner of best hand work award at the Northern Woods Show.

The guild has about 1,000 professional and amateur members. This year’s show winners include:

• Joel Ficke, best traditional piece

• Tim Gorman, most technically accomplished

• Craig Johnson, best detail

• Tony Kubalak, best hand work

• David Lane, best finish

• Mark Laub, People’s Choice award

• Nickolas Nelson, best in show

• Dick Schultz, judges’ award

Northwest mastery exhibition

The Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, Ore., presented select furniture pieces from the school’s mastery students Oct. 4 at its annual Mastery Showcase. The event featured seven select furniture pieces from some of the program’s most skilled graduates.

The school offers three mastery programs designed for self-directed students. The local and distance programs are one-on-one study programs for students with their own shops that teach fine furniture making with a focus on design, joinery and building skills. Students design and construct a total of 10 pieces over the course of two years and visit the studio for a series of lectures, demonstrations and critiques. The residence program is a nine-month intensive program that provides in-house shop space for participants.

Call for entries

Nickolas Nelson earned best in show honors for this "Cabinet in Chinese Elm."

The San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association, co-sponsor of the annual Design in Wood exhibition held during the San Diego County Fair, is seeking entries for the 2013 show.

“Design in Wood has become the most prestigious competitive woodworking exhibition in the country,” exhibition coordinator Bob Stevenson says. “Touted as being the largest and finest exhibit of its kind, it runs for over three weeks and attracts over a million and a half viewers and prospective clients.”

The theme for 2013 is “Game On.” The competition is open to all woodworkers and the categories include furniture, carving, turning, musical instruments, clocks, marquetry, and CNC work. The entry deadline is May 3, 2013.


Minnesota Woodworkers Guild.

Northwest Woodworking Studio, 1002 S.E. 8th Ave., Portland, OR 97214. Tel: 503-284-1644.

San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association, P.O. Box 82323, San Diego, CA 92138.

This article originally appeared in the December 2012 issue.

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