Students take center stage at AWFS

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The Best in Show trophy.

Think about this. You’re a high school or college student and your woodworking project has been selected for display at a major industry trade show. Pretty big deal, right?

The Fresh Wood student woodworking competition at the 2017 AWFS fair was a pretty big deal, attracting 195 entries from Canada and the United States.

“The bar was set very high for the 2017 AWFS Fresh Wood contest,” says Adam Kessler, AWFS education manager and a former Fresh Wood finalist. “We had 41 finalists from 16 different schools. This represents the second highest number of entries in the Fresh Wood contest since its inception in 1999.

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Sarah Provard’s cabinet, “Musically Inclined”, won the People’s Choice award.

“The quality of the student work is getting better and better each show, with many schools returning each show. We are also excited to see some new schools enter the contest this year. Seattle Central College has never entered the contest before, and they showed up in a big way.”

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Cody Campanie’s “Azulejos Table”, the Best of Show winner.

Cody Campanie, a student at Seattle Central College, won the Best of Show award for the “Azulejos Table”. He won $2,000 and sculpture made by woodworking artist Garry Knox Bennett.

Sarah Provard, of West Jordan High School in West Jordan, Utah, won the People’s Choice award for a musically themed cabinet.

“I put about 1,000 hours of work into this project,” says Provard. “It was one of the biggest parts of my senior year. As I was getting prepared to enter my project into the contest, I was so nervous about getting in. My school had never had anyone been accepted before so when I got word, I was really excited and even proud of my creation.”

Sarah Provard with her people's choice winning piece featured at show

Sarah Provard and her winning piece.

Six schools received awards for multiple projects, including Art Center College of Design, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, College of the Redwoods, Corner Canyon High School, Palomar College, and Princeton Day School.

The complete list of winners is available at http://awfsfair.org.

This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue.

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