Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) has announced a new Special Theme Category for the Fresh Wood student woodworking competition. The competition, which will be showcased at the 2015 AWFS Fair to be held between July 22-25, in Las Vegas, is open to high school and post-secondary students in accredited woodworking or related programs. Entry applications will be accepted until May 1, 2015.
The Special Theme category topic will vary with each competition; the 2015 theme of Musical Instruments is based on the overwhelming popularity of stringed musical instruments in the 2013 competition. “We have learned that high schools and post-secondary programs have adopted stringed instrument instruction as a great way to introduce students to fundamental woodworking skills”, says AWFS Assistant Education Director Adria Torrez. “We are happy to offer this new category to let guitars and other wooden musical instruments compete and shine.” Any musical instrument primarily made of wood is eligible, excluding pre-made kits. In addition to the Special Theme category, the production-focused entry category has been revamped and renamed to Design for Production. Intended for manufacture-focused designs, this category is for products such as mass-produced commercial or residential furniture, office furniture, universal designs, RTA and public seating. CNC production designs and methods are encouraged but not required. Entrants must promote their concepts through a marketing-themed entry essay and finalist illustration board, addressing topics such as price point, efficient production methods and market intent.
Four other entry categories round out the Fresh Wood competition: case goods, chairs, tables, open. Entries will be rated by a panel of judges that represent different aspects of the industry. Judges’ scores will determine the finalist pieces that will be on display at the AWFS Fair. AWFS covers shipping and the majority of costs to bring
students and their teachers to the Fair for the final round.
The Fresh Wood display will be located in the Supply Hall, adjacent to the bookstore, theater, lounge, and Turning to the Future, the new competition by the American Association of Woodturners which will showcase turned student work. This location gives attendees and exhibitors an opportunity to network with the students and teachers in the competition and expose the students to the different companies and products within the industry.
Woodcraft has extended their existing donation program for Fresh Wood 2015. While shopping online, Woodcraft.com customers can contribute funds to support students participating in the competition and their schools and Woodcraft will match funds. The company raised over $10,000 for the 2013 Fresh Wood competition, which allowed the students to receive higher cash prize values and supported shipping costs and student travel allowances. Wagner Meters has also signed on once again to sponsor the People’s Choice award, which is selected by the AWFS Fair attendees and exhibitors.