awfs fair 2015

Turning to the Future Winners

Six students were recognized with Turning to the Future awards for exceptional woodturning talent at the 2015 AWFS Fair in Las Vegas last month. The American Association of Woodturners conducted its first Turning to the Future competition and juried exhibit, which promotes opportunities in woodturning and showcases student woodturning talent. The winners and finalists were selected by jurors Christian Brisepierre, professional turner; Jimmy Clewes, professional turner and woodturning instructor; Linda Ferber, program director, American Association of Woodturners; Beth Ireland, professional woodturner, artist and educator; and Tib Shaw, curator, American Association of Woodturners.

Fresh Wood Student Woodworking Competition Winners

LAS VEGAS  – Zachery Lush, a student at Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, Brampton, ON., won The Best of Show Award, in the 2015 AWFS® Fresh Wood Competition after judges reviewed the projects of 40 finalists from 21 different high schools and colleges in the U.S. and Canada at the AWFS®Fair in Las Vegas. Twenty-six students went home with monetary prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000.
 
Lush was awarded a coveted, custom veneer-marquetry sculpture made by master craftsman Paul Schürch, for his shelf Gravity.  This was the first year for the new trophy, which will feature a sculpture made by a different woodworking artist each year. He received $1,000 and a Rikon 14” Bandsaw.  He also received First Place in the High School Open category of the competition, which included another $1,000 prize and a Certificate of Merit. The Best of Show award is sponsored by Rikon Power Tools.
 
Fair attendees awarded the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Wagner Meters, and a $500 prize to Werner Pyka from Palomar College, for his Quint-Essential federal-style gaming table, which also won First Place in the Post-Secondary tables category.
 
Two teachers had multiple student winners: David Welter, College of Redwoods; Peter Boeckh, Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School; Tim McNeill, Corner Canyon High School; Jack Stone, Palomar College; Keith Yow, Cedar Ridge High School.
 
The judging panel - consisting of Bob Barone, a luthier; Martin Goebel, owner of Goebel & Co Furniture; Daniel Hellman, co-owner of Hellman-Chang; Saul Martin, Architectural Woodworking Company; Richard A. Schroeder, Stanley Furniture and Davide Tonizzo, Design D - provided a variety of perspectives to the judging process.   
 
First Place winners in each category and at each school level received a $1,000 prize, Second Place winners received $500 and Honorable Mention winners received $250. AWFS covers project shipping and the majority of travel and hotel costs to bring the students and their teachers to Las Vegas.
 
The biennial event, held as part of AWFS®Fair, attracted 169 entries from 44 different schools in the United States and Canada in 2015, which represents a 30% increase in entries from the previous competition in 2013.
 
High School Level First Place Winners 
• Case Goods: Isaac Lutz, Cedar Ridge High School, Hillsborough, NC, Secret Ingredient
• Tables: Mae Garcia, Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, Brampton, ON, Burst
• Seating: Brittney Hoffmeier, Mustang High School, Mustang, OK, Sam Maloof Rocking Chair Replica
• Open: Zachery Lush, Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, Brampton, ON, Gravity
• Design for Production: Elizabeth Mawalal, Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, Brampton, ON, Kage
• Special Theme: Musical Instruments: Sadie Chidester, Corner Canyon High School, Draper, UT, Featherprint
Post-secondary Level First Place Winners 
• Case Goods: Matthew Spallinger, University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, OH, Miniature Highboy
• Tables: Werner Pyka, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA, Quint-Essential
• Seating: Austin (Tian) Yang, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, Grace Chair
• Open: Joshua Torbick, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, Standing Wedge
• Design for Production: Jonathan Manoles, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Bent Lounge Chair
• Special Theme: Musical Instruments: Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney, College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg, CA, Cabinetmaker’s Zither
High School Level Second Place Winners 
• Case Goods: Erik Lutz, Cedar Ridge High School, Hillsborough, NC, Port Hole Desk
• Tables: Daniela Karmalyuk, Dale Jackson Career Center, Lewisville, TX Nature’s Beauty Table
• Seating: Onkar Nagra, Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, Brampton, ON, Eclipse
• Open: Kayla Dean, Mustang High School, Mustang, OK, Mahogany Baby Cradle
• Special Theme: Musical Instruments: Jake Rubisch, Corner Canyon High School, Draper, UT, Mahogany Gem
Post-secondary Level Second Place Winners 
• Tables: William Strenger, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA, Arch Bridge
• Seating: Jessica Osserman, College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg, CA, Variations on a theme
• Case Goods: Matt Mecaro, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA, Krenov-Inspired Cabinet 
High School Level Honorable Mention Winners 
• Case Goods: Zachary Studdard, Rolla Technical Institute, Rolla, MO, The Herring
• Open: Alex Salzman, Lincoln East High School, Lincoln, NE, Bubinga Player
• Special Theme: Musical Instruments: Porter Thorkelson, Corner Canyon High School, Draper, UT, Sun Burst
Post-secondary Level Honorable Mention Winners 
• Seating: Funi Ding, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, Merge
• Design for Production: Benjamin Pedrick, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Sema Seat
Case Goods: Nick Weiers, Hennepin Technical College, Faribault, MN, Stereo Cabinet

Cabinet-level access control system Senseon on display

Accuride International Senseon Secure Access Control System is a cabinet-level access control system. With no exposed hardware, Senseon offers invisible security designed for demanding commercial environments. Anywhere from 1 to 15 cabinet drawers or doors can be secured by a single system. Woodworking Network's Jared Patchin talks to Greg Rewers at the 2015 AWFS Fair about how it all works. See https://www.accuride.com/senseon/

Sherwin-Williams Shows Spray Finishing Machine at AWFS Fair 2015

Sherwin-Williams is debuting an automated spray finishing, named AutoSpray, that measures the work piece shapes and sizes, and sets spray patterns to avoid overspray. The company says 30 companies are now using its Aurora Color System, which stores color recipes in the cloud. It was introduced at IWF 2014 and also being show here at AWFS Fair, which opened today in the Las Vegas Convention Center.