Genesis Products to sponsor Young Wood Pro; check out the finalists
January 30, 2019 | 2:07 pm CST
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Made of Bubinga top and corners. Quilted Maple front, back, and side. Flower inlaid with pink ivory and red heart. Circle around the flower inlaid with Mother of pearl. Signature on top inlaid with mother of pearl and pink ivory sawdust and was the last time my mom was able to use her hands that we kept. The interior of the box coated with silver epoxy swirl. Bottom lid made of steel with decorative mesh on top. Finish done in one coat of Linseed Oil, two coats of Shellac and 5 coats of General Finishes oil Varnish. Created by 33-year-old Evan Gabler.

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Hand-Crafted from California Black Walnut and leathered Black Granite, The Austin Coffee Table No. 2 is an exploration between media and form: a table carefully designed to be uncompromisingly simple and honest in the interaction between its materials. The result is a table of beauty; a balance between geometric shapes and the organic lines which divide them. Created by 25-year-old Drake Stuedemann.

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The creation of this console table stems from the desire to repurpose lumber and timber. The materials used for this project were all sourced from Trumbull County in Ohio, specifically Warren Ohio. The console table top is made from 2" x12" red oak beams that were formally structural supports in a railroad station. This material had several large voids after the milling process, so black epoxy was used to fill these voids. The three legs that hold the top at the perfect height were formally 6" x6" barn beams. Inspired by the joinery typically seen in barn beams, a dado was cut into each beam to represent a mortise and tenon joint. Finished with several coats of polyurethane, this console table stands out in any room it sits in." Created by 24-year-old Ben Meardith.

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"The table I made is an original design made completely from walnut and maple wood. It features hand-done carvings made from both maple and walnut. The legs are walnut with inlaid maple and a round maple center. The top is made from solid Walnut and Maple wood and the entire project was sanded and finished with pumice and Rottenstone giving it a smooth as glass finish." Created by 18-year-old Jacob Barfield.

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The Hive' is a 15' tall by 45' long plywood structure created to be a unique and inspiring meeting space for Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering. Features upholstered bench with drawers and clear conversion varnish. Created by 34-year-old Hans Parker.

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Mid-Century Modern Walnut desk made from locally sourced walnut air-dried for 55 years. Made with M&T joinery. Created by 26-year-old Evan Mauldin.

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This 9.5' solid American Walnut credenza features grain-matched doors as well as some mid-century tapered round legs. All walnut was sourced from a local woodcutter in Springfield, IL. Created by 28-year-old Jake Pratt.

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"I made an acoustic Parlor guitar which was my first guitar ever made and it certainly won't be the last. I made it for one of my best friends as a personal wedding present to him. The guitar is primarily made out of African mahogany, East Indian rosewood for the binding and fretboard, Sitka spruce for the bracing inside the guitar, and the finish is satin lacquer. It took months of research, learning in the ins and outs of guitar building which became a borderline obsession." Created by 29-year-old Bart Leasure.

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"I used to large ash slabs that ended up being 8/4 thick after milling. The table is 60" in diameter. For the center, I used West Systems' special clear epoxy with a blue tint. The base I sourced a wine barrel from Napa valley since it was for a wine tasting room." Created by 27-year-old Troy Callaway.

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"I inherited this boat and it was all rotted and broken. I did the complete rebuild myself and it took two years to do. I replaced the frame, bottom, and sides. I documented the entire build. I used African mahogany, Philippine mahogany and white oak. Used gel stain and 15 coats of varnish." Created by 33-year-old Daniel Umulis.

Genesis Products is the sponsor for 2019's Young Wood Pro competition. 
 
Genesis, a leading manufacturer of laminated panels and wood components, will present a $500 check to the winner at the co-located Wood Pro Expo/Cabinets & Closets Expo March 6-8.
 
 
Young Wood Pro recognizes outstanding projects and the young wood pros that created them. The free competition is Woodworking Network's salute to woodworkers aged 18-35. 
 
More than 50 young people entered the competition. Those entries were voted on by fans on Woodworking Network's Facebook page - narrowing it down to a top 10 last Friday at midnight. From the top 10 vote-getters, a winner will be selected by our team of judges.
 
Check out the 10 finalists in the slideshow above.
 
This is the fourth year that Woodworking Network has hosted this event. Previous Young Wood Pro Award winners were Nathan Deal for his 17-foot Great Auk Kayak, Martin Goebel of Goebel & Co. Furniture for his classic table featuring World War II surplus, aircraft-grade sugar pine, and Dylan Horst for his undulating ash and benge Wave table.
 

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