Young Wood Pro crowns a winner: Andrew Morris and his walnut credenza

We have officially crowned 31-year-old Andrew Morris as the winner of our annual Young Woodworking Professionals competition.

Morris won for his spectacular Walnut Credenza, which features a grain-matched walnut door and drawer fronts, as well as waterfall grain matching down the sides of the case. It sits on a contrasting white ash base. Its interior includes ash highlights and ash dovetailed drawers.
Our team of judges considered overall look/presentation of the project, as well as the complexity of its construction and design.
"Morris' credenza exemplifies what we are looking for in Young Wood Pro," said Brendan Linehan, the competition's organizer. "The competition was especially tough this year. There were so many great entries."
Morris beat out nine other finalists to claim the top spot. Each finalist earned a spot by being among the projects to garner the most likes on our Facebook page - where we received more than 2,500 votes.
He will receive a $500 award and will be featured in an upcoming issue of FDMC magazine. 
Young Wood Pro recognizes outstanding projects and the young wood pros that create them. The free competition is Woodworking Network's salute to woodworkers ages 18-35.
This is the fifth year that Woodworking Network has hosted this event. Drake Stuedemann was last year's winner - earning the grand prize for his awesome coffee table handcrafted from California Black Walnut and leathered Black Granite.
Other 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 wenge Wave table.
Martin Goebel's table from World War II surplus, aircraft-grade sugar pine was a previous winner

Stay tuned for a feature article on Morris and his walnut credenza.




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Robert Dalheim

Robert Dalheim is an editor at the Woodworking Network. Along with publishing online news articles, he writes feature stories for the FDMC print publication. He can be reached at [email protected].