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Northern Woods will feature Minnesota’s best

Prairie-style high table by David Thompson

Prairie-style high table by David Thompson

Dining chair by Steve McLoon

Dining chair by Steve McLoon

The Minnesota Woodworkers Guild is currently preparing for its 2020 Northern Woods Exhibition, scheduled for April 23-26 at the Eden Prairie Center in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Last year’s show featured a record 71 pieces from 55 makers.

Dresser by Yana Frank

Dresser by Yana Frank

“Cedar Spirits” by Craig Johnson (Best in Show)

“Cedar Spirits” by Craig Johnson (Best in Show)

“The primary purpose of the show is to provide a forum for guild members to display and discuss their work. It allows the community to see high quality work and talk to the makers,” says guild member Tony Kubalak.

The show presents awards in 15 categories. For more, visit

Hawaii exhibit

“The Woodworker’s Journey: Concept to Creation”, presented by the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, opened Jan. 7 and will run through Feb. 23 at the Schaefer International Gallery in Kahului, Hawaii.

It will include work from a select group of 25 artists who were each invited to make one new piece for the exhibition.

Design guidelines permitted the work to be utilitarian or conceptual, with a refined conventional appeal or freeform fusion approach, using wood as the primary material.

The 50th state is well represented by Joel Bright, Robert Butts, Marcus Castaing, Shaun Fleming, Mats Fogelvik, Tai Lake, Peter Naramore, Michael Patrick Smith, Ricardo Vasquez of Hawaii, and Alan Wilkinson.

Other exhibitors include Roger Asay and Rebecca Davis of Ariz.; Michael Cullen, Wendy Maruyama, Paul Schurch and Koji Tanaka of Calif.; Kristin LeVier of Idaho; Katie Hudnall of Ind.; Yuri Kobayashi of Maine; Ted Lott of Mich.; Dean Pulver of N.M.; Andy Buck of N.Y.; Miriam Carpenter of Pa.; Hank Gilpin of R.I., and Craig Nutt of Tenn.

For more, visit

This article originally appeared in the February 2020 issue.

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