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