Young Wood Pro Wins for Ash and Benge Masterpiece
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Dylan Horst won the Young Wood Pro award for 2015. His undulating ash and benge Wave table wowed visitors at Facebook, winning the most likes. Dylan built the Wave table as the capstone project during his recently completed two-year certificate program at Conestoga College, Kitchener, ON - near Toronto, and not far from where he currently lives. (Meet Dylan at Booth 1985 at the Wood Machinery Show in Toronto Nov. 5-7 at Rampa Tec Booth 1085.)

The 2nd Annual Young Wood Pro contest was part of Young Woodworking Professionals Week, during which projects were posted on social media with the hashtag #YWPweek.  

At the culmination of YWPweek, Woodworking Network editors awarded the Young Woodworking Professional from among the top five "most liked" projects posted at our Facebook page, looking for who has demonstrated the highest degree of skill in a woodworking project: furniture, cabinet, art object, turning. 

Dylan Horst

This year's entries generated over 22,000 impressions. Winner Dylan Horst will get a full write-up on our site and in Woodworking Network publications and receives a trophy worthy of a woodworker. He will be honored during an awards event at the WMS 2015 show in Toronto. 

Horst did the design on AutoDesk and AutoCAD software. (He also won $1,300 in prizes for the effort at school.)

Horst retains possession of the table, and will bring it to the WMS 2015 Wood Machinery & Supply Expo, where it will be on display. Horst will also take part in a panel discussion as part of the Woodworking Inventors session on Saturday, November 7.

2015 Young Wood Pro Finalists

  Dane Wunderlich
  PC Woodworks
  Isaiah Faughn
  Park and Seventh



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Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.