Woodcraft Supply is among the industry sponsors of a national juried exhibition designed to encourage the growth of the next generation of woodworkers and to advance the careers of those with exceptional promise.
Woodworkers who will be younger than 30 as of Sept. 16, can apply for "Regeneration: Fine Woodworkers Under 30," co-hosted by Fine Woodworking magazine and the nonprofit Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. Submissions should be made online at www.woodschool.org/regeneration, where full details are posted. Deadline is April 1. Approximately 22 entrants will be selected to show their work in the juried exhibition scheduled for Sept. 16-Nov. 22 at the center's Messler Gallery.
Woodcraft, Irwin Tools and the Rohlen Foundation are providing free round-trip shipping to the Messler Gallery for entrants selected to show their work in the exhibition. Woodcraft is also providing a $20 gift coupon for each entrant.
The Best in Show and six other winners of top honors will be awarded major pieces of woodworking machinery from Powermatic, Jet and Festool USA, as well as hand planes from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. All exhibitors will receive clamps from Irwin Tools, saw blades from Freud, compact routers from Porter-Cable, and diamond honing stones from DMT.
"We are delighted to partner with top-quality manufacturers and tool companies to encourage the growth of the next generation of fine woodworkers in America," said Peter Korn, executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.
Korn, who founded the center in 1992, said several factors prompted the organization of the "Regeneration" exhibition, including the center's mission of "transmitting the skills and rewards of craftsmanship to future generations." Also, Korn said, "I well remember being a woodworker in my early 20s, and how frustrating it could be to try to get good exposure. That is even more true today, with so many older, established woodworkers dominating the top craft shows, galleries, and museum exhibitions."