Best in Wood Awards celebration brings cash, and excitement to Wood Pro Expo Lancaster
August 8, 2017 | 10:02 am CDT
Among the entrants for Best in Wood is this table by Goebel & Co. Furniture

Photo By Goebel & Co. Furniture

LANCASTER, Pa. - Some lucky individual will walk away $500 richer October 19 at Wood Pro Expo in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

For the first time, the Best In Wood Awards will take place during the regional woodworking trade show, being held this year on October 19 and 20 at the Lancaster Host Expo and Conference Center.

The Overall Winner of the 2017 Best in Wood Awards for fine custom furniture making, cabinets and millwork will receive $500 and will be celebrated (along with category winners) October 19 at Wood Pro Expo in Lancaster. (Final entry deadline was August 11.) 

CMS Concepts entered this millwork project in the 2017 Best in Wood Competition. 

So far more than two dozen entries have been received, according to Managing Editor Michaelle Bradford, who administers the competition for Woodworking Network. 

William Brown Fine Furniture entered this classic desk in the Best in Wood competition. 
"This is going to be an exciting year for the competition," says Bradford. "It's the first time we have offered a cash prize for this contest, and we're tracking 30 percent ahead of last year's edition."

The awards event will be held October 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lancaster Host Expo and Conference Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The event is free with registration for Wood Pro Expo, which costs $20. A woodworking educational series of eight sessions is scheduled for Wood Pro Expo, covering business management and wood fabrication topics, including finishing and lean management. Individual sessions cost $25; and a two-day package provides admission to the show floor and all sessions for $75 ($125 after August 21). 

Wood Pro Expo is the regional show series that brings education, equipment, and supplies close to cabinetmakers and custom woodworking businesses around the country.

It includes a strong educational program on best practices for shop production, and as well as an expo oriented to equipment and supplies geared to the small and medium size shops, including CNC basics, employee recruitment, finishing, lean manufacturing, business management, software, and shop safety.

Launched in 2014 in Baltimore, the show moves this year to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on October 19-20, and will appear in multiple cities in 2018, including Charlotte, North Carolina on February15-16, 2018. 

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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.